Diplomatic tension in the Middle East is threatening to boil over again after Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman described Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as ‘the new Hitler’.
The comments were made amid heightened tensions between the two countries with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince alluding to Iran’s growing regional power when he said it was important to avoid a repeat “of what happened in Europe in the Middle East”.
“We learned from Europe that appeasement doesn’t work. We don’t want the new Hitler in Iran to repeat what happened in Europe in the Middle East,” he said, referring to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Over the years, both countries have fueled their rivalry by increasingly accusing each other of instigating instability across the region.
Both countries have also accused one another of trying to destabilise Lebanon, where the pro-Saudi prime minister Saad Haririr leads a coalition including the Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement.
The prime minister, recently announced – then suspended – his resignation, accusing Iran and Hezbollah of sowing strife, while Iran accused Saudi Arabia of engineering the crisis.
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