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World leaders laud Saudi king’s decision to elevate Mohammed bin Salman

RIYADH: World leaders have sent their congratulations to King Salman and newly appointed Crown
Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The newly announced Crown Prince Mohammed, who also serves as defense minister and oversees a
vast economic portfolio, had previously been second in line to the throne.

BRITAIN: Prime Minister Theresa May said: “I am pleased to welcome the appointment of Prince
Mohammed bin Salman as the crown prince and deputy prime minister of Saudi Arabia... Britain remains
a firm supporter of Saudi Arabia’s ambitious reform agenda Vision 2030... I look forward to working
with (Crown) Prince Mohammed bin Salman to deepen our close bilateral ties in the years ahead, building
on the constructive meetings we had in Saudi Arabia earlier this year.”

ITALY: In a letter congratulating Mohammed bin Salman, Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said: “This
choice is a recognition of the great effort you have made throughout the years to enhance the importance
and centrality of your country’s role in achieving delicate balances for the region. I am confident that
you will show more ability to guide the process of development and transformation in the Kingdom
through a better understanding of the ambitions and aspirations of the Saudi people.”

EGYPT: President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi congratulated the new crown prince who expressed his thanks to
El-Sisi, wishing the president and people of Egypt further progress and prosperity.

UAE: President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-
Maktoum and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan sent congratulatory
messages to the new crown prince.

KUWAIT: Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah sent a cable of congratulations to King Salman over
the elevation of Mohammed bin Salman to the position of crown prince.

QATAR: Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani sent a cable to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
“wishing him success... for the good of the Kingdom under the wise leadership of King Salman ... and
for more progress for brotherly relations between the two countries.”

YEMEN: President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, in his congratulatory cable, wished the new crown prince
all the best in serving his country and achieving further progress and prosperity.

BAHRAIN: King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa congratulated King Salman on the appointment of Mohammed
bin Salman as the crown prince and deputy premier. King Hamad sent a congratulatory cable to the new
crown prince, wishing him success. Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa also sent
similar cables to King Salman and the new crown prince.

OMAN: Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al-Said congratulated Mohammed bin Salman over his elevation.

JORDAN: King Abdallah congratulated Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and wished him success in
serving his country under the leadership of King Salman.

TUNISIA: President Beji Caid Essebsi, in his congratulatory message to the new crown prince, voiced a
desire to see relations further strengthened in the interests of the two countries.

PALESTINE: President Mahmoud Abbas congratulated King Salman for choosing Mohammed bin
Salman as his new crown prince.

LEBANON: Prime Minister Saad Hariri congratulated the king over the elevation of Mohammed bin
Salman as the crown prince.

PAKISTAN: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif congratulated Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on his
appointment. He said he has great confidence in the Kingdom’s prospects under the leadership of the
new crown prince. Sharif said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are bound together by a common faith, shared
values and joint aspirations for the future of the Ummah.
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Regime change in Iran is vital say US leaders

WASHINGTON: It’s time for a regime change in Iran, say two of America’s most influential leaders.

The new US policy towards Iran includes regime change, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told a key
congressional hearing.

It is driven by relying on “elements inside of Iran” to bring about “peaceful transition of that
government,” he said.

Exiled Iranian Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi was invited to the congressional session where he asked about
the administration’s policy on Iran.

Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Senator John McCain echoed Secretary of State Tillerson’s
view, saying it’s time the Iranian people had a free and open society and a functioning democracy.

Senator McCain was speaking after meeting Prince Reza Pahlavi, who is in Washington to bring matters
important for the Iranian people to US leaders’ attention. Reza Pahlavi also met Congressmen Steve King
and Brad Sherman.

Senator McCain said Iran has established a corridor that goes all the way from Tehran to Lebanon.

“This is dangerous.”

“My message is change takes place all over the world. It’s time the Iranian people had a free and open
society and a functioning democracy.

“One of the world’s oldest civilisations, it’s time they got into the 21st century.”

“We now have a new administration,” he said.

“Yes, it’s unpredictable. But the last administration unfortunately was predictable.

“In other words, it failed to stand up for democracy and freedom.”

Senator McCain said the new US administration will work with everyone on this, and will succed.

He said: “Right now Iran has established a corridor that goes all the way from Tehran, all the way to
Beirut. That is dangerous. So we have a lot of work to do but I believe the Iranian people are
sophisticated, they are knowledgeable and they want to be free.

“Our message is help is on the way,” he said.

“We have a lot of work to do and I cannot always predict what President (Donald) Trump will do but I
can predict that he’s got the best people around him that I have seen in many, many years.”

Reza Pahlavi said the US can play a crucial role.

“It is a little bit awkward that in all these years the dialogue with Iran has been limited to the current
regime and its representatives,” he pointed out.

Most of the Iranian people are against this regime, he stressed.

He said the world must have a channel of communication with those who can represent the people of
Iran.

Testifying during a hearing on the 2018 State Department budget before the House Foreign Affairs
Committee, Secretary of State Tillerson was asked by Representative Ted Poe about US policy towards
Iran, including whether the US government would sanction the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps
(IRGC) and whether the US supported “a philosophy of regime change.”

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Country that supports terrorism will pay high price: UN chief Antonio Guterres

UNITED NATIONS: UN chief Antonio Guterres has warned that any country supporting terrorism will
ultimately have to pay a "high price" and offered his good offices to promote cooperation between
Pakistan and Afghanistan to jointly fight the menace.

The Secretary-General arrived in Kabul yesterday and held bilateral meetings with Afghan President
Ashraf Ghani and the country's Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah.

Later addressing reporters, the UN chief was asked about documents and proofs submitted by the
Afghan government regarding involvement of Pakistan in "equipping and funding" terrorism and whether
those documents had been considered by the world body.

"Those are areas of competence of the Security Council of the United Nations. What I am supposed to
do as Secretary General is to use my good offices to promote the cooperation between the two countries
for them to be able to fight together the threat of terrorism," Guterres said.

He noted that Ghani and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had met in Astana on the sidelines of the
Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit.

Guterres said he too had met Prime Minister Sharif in the Kazakh capital and his "objective is to do
everything that is possible to facilitate and promote the cooperation of the two countries in addressing
together the threat of terrorism".

"That is important not only for the two countries but for the whole world. We have seen horrible
terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, like the last ones in Kabul, horrible terrorist attacks in Pakistan and
attacks around the world. It is time to unite against terrorism and that is my objective as Secretary-
General of the United Nations," Guterres added.

The UN chief was also asked about a number of countries in the region, particularly "Iran and China",
which are beginning to support insurgent groups.

Guterres strongly rejected such claims saying, "I do not subscribe to the accusations."

He, however, added that his message to "any country that supports terrorism anywhere in the world is
that this is the wrong thing to do and if any country supports terrorism one day in relation to other
countries, sooner or later the price paid will be high in relations to terrorism within the country itself."

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