Members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family have strongly criticized UAE’s ambassador in Washington after he said the two countries both want to see secular government in the Middle East.
Yousef al-Otaiba, UAE’s ambassador in Washington, was interviewed by an American TV network PBS on Saturday. During the interview, he attacked Qatar and accused it of sponsoring terrorism and of “refusing secular government in the region.”
“What we would like to see is more secular, stable, prosperous, empowered, strong governments,” al-Otaiba said.
The comments prompted many Saudi social media users and members of the royal family to attack al-Otaiba for making a “call for changing the system in the kingdom.”
Fahda bint Saud bin Abdulaziz, a Saudi princess and daughter of late Saudi King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, said the comments were a conspiracy against Saudi Arabia and Islam.
“There is a conspiracy against Saudi Arabia and Islam and this has become clear in the world,” she posted on social media.
“There are those who call for secularising the country of the two holy mosques and those who call for internationalising the country with the two holy mosques, but we the people of Saudi Arabia and its leadership will protect the two holy mosques.”
Saudi Arabia promotes Wahhabism, a radical ideology that inspires terrorists worldwide.