[Dr. Sa’ad Al-Faqih] Do you have any comments on Mohammed Bin Salman’s (MBS) visit to (prince) Muqrin?
[Answer] I believe that this came in response to (exiled prince) Khaled Al-Farhan. It’s very apparent that MBS is thin-skinned and hypersensitive, and he is easily irritated. If he hears a strong-worded criticism, he quickly gets irritated. Khaled Bin Farhan called on his uncles— his uncle (prince) Ahmed and his uncle (prince)— Khaled Bin Farhan Al-Saud that is (exiled) in Germany, he called on Ahmed Bin Abdul Aziz and Muqrin to save the country from the dangers posed by MBS, it’s as if he’s trying to say, “Look, look how I was warmly received by Muqrin, and how he was very considerate towards me, etc,” and he made sure that was captured on camera and published as it was. I believe that this proves that he really is affected by what is written (about him) even if he does not show it.
I was informed by people close to those within his circles that he is extremely upset specifically by posts on Twitter. This is why he is very attentive to that, and he spends millions on those (PR) companies in order to suppress dissident views. Yes, he is affected, and since this comment came from an important personality from within the ruling family, i.e. Khaled Al-Farhan, he had to prove the contrary. Of course, Muqrin’s reception of him does not mean— it’s in front of cameras, so it’s out of courtesy.. First of all, Muqrin is weak, and I don’t think he would have responded to Khaled Bin Farhan’s call. Secondly, in private, Muqrin reviles and insults MBS, but since he’s almost the king, and he has power, and since the encounter was being filmed on camera, it was hard for him to display that publicly. Will he pay a visit to (prince) Ahmed? I don’t know. But I think it’s unlikely. He might visit him, and we could end up finding out that Ahmed is much weaker than we thought. But, it’s very unlikely that this will happen.
[Dr. Sa’ad Al-Faqih] A question in the same context: Is Turkey capable of resisting Saudi Arabia and the UAE economically? [Answer] What is it that Saudi Arabia and the UAE have so that they can cause any trouble for Turkey? They tried, by buying a bank, and that’s it, and this can’t be done repeatedly. You can’t buy a bank everyday. Buying a bank is extremely costly. You buy a bank just so you can buy the (Turkish) Lira, and then you suddenly sell the Lira. That’s extremely costly.
On the contrary, this has blown back in Saudi Arabia and UAE’s faces. No. The Turkish economy is a comprehensive one, with manufacturing and a complete cycle. There’s industrial, agricultural and services production. There’s technology as well as heavy industries, and a comprehensive infrastructure. This is what differentiates Turkey, like the other advanced nations which have comprehensive and self-reliant economies. Even if the value of the Lira goes down, it benefits from the lower value of the Lira by expanding exports, i.e., its exports would be cheaper for foreign markets, and tourism would be cheaper domestically. It will attract more tourists, and it will attract more importers of its goods. Yes, it will be affected, in terms of the goods that it imports, but it will balance out.
This is why I mentioned the example of the UK, where Brexit caused the pound to lose 1/5th of its value or more, 1/4th of its value, i.e. 25%. It wasn’t affected by that, because it has a comprehensive and self-reliant economy. Yes, the price of the products that are imported into the UK became higher, but the products that are exported were in a much better position. The production of exported goods experienced a boom because they gained a larger share of foreign markets.
[Dr. Sa’ad Al-Faqih] A question that is in connection with last week’s, which is, what happened to Mohammed Bin Salman before he made his appearance in the media? Of course, there are those that are still questioning this, and that he didn’t make any appearance. I am confirming what I said previously, which is that he is alive, and he was and is running the country, etc, during the period of his disappearance (from the media). He was present, and he was managing the country’s affairs. He has not been absent from running the country, and he met up with personalities, and he was in contact with people and making decisions during the period of his absence from the media.
Did he really appear in the media, or not? Are these photoshopped images of him or not? Or, are these old video footage? Allah knows best. It seems that.. regardless, the man is alive and present, and he is personally running the country’s affairs and pursuing his activities, and he is responsible for all the decisions being made, including the decision regarding Nawaf Al-Rasheed. He is responsible for that, and he is the one that personally arranged with the Kuwaitis, with Sheikh Sabah, his extradition from Kuwait. Was he shot or not? We don’t have any information that disproves or confirms this. It could be that he was shot and has recovered, or at least he’s in a condition that allows him to make media appearances, or he did not get shot. Allah knows best.
But, the events that happened in Khuzama are true. There were shots, and heavy gunfire, and people were shot. Was he among those that were shot? We don’t know. If he was shot, it appears that he has recovered. Or, maybe he suffered minor injuries, or he was not injured. Allah knows best. This is regarding Mohammed Bin Salman. The point of the matter is that he is alive, and during all this time he was pursuing his activities.