The interview was introduced as following: “Mohammed bin salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, is 36 years old and has led his country for almost five years.”
The crown prince said: “Our state is based on Islam, tribal culture, the culture of the region, Arab and Saudi culture.. this is our soul, and if we get rid of it, this means that the country will collapse”.
He confirmed that “Saudi Arabia is developing according to its economic, cultural, people and by its history”.
Throughout the interview he discussed the idea of countries intervention in internal affairs, as he said: “We don’t have the right to lecture you in America,” MBS said. “The same goes the other way.”
Concerning the relations with the US, Crown Prince said that he does not care whether U.S. President Joe Biden misunderstood things about him and said the U.S. leader should be thinking about America’s interests.
The crown prince tackled the issue of Khashoggi’s murder, saying: “I never read a Khashoggi article in my life…. “If that’s the way we did things”—murdering authors of critical op-eds—“Khashoggi would not even be among the top 1,000 people on the list. If you’re going to go for another operation like that, for another person, it’s got to be professional and it’s got to be one of the top 1,000.”
Crown Prince also added said it was “obvious” he had not ordered the killing of Khashoggi. “It hurt me a lot,” he said. “It hurt me and it hurt Saudi Arabia, from a feelings perspective.”