Spain’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia Joaquín Pérez-Villanueva described the recent visit of British Prime Minister Theresa May to the Arab kingdom as a shared decision by Britain and the United States to ‘tear down’ the European Union, adding the two countries is in need of Saudi dollars for their plan to be fulfilled.
He said that arms delivered to terrorists by Saudi Arabia are imported from Britain and crises in Yemen and Syria in which Saudi Arabia is involved, gave the British prime minister a chance to travel to the kingdom and engage in negotiations with the country’s officials in order to investigate ways of boosting arms exports under the pretext of ensuring security and supporting Saudi Arabia against regional threats.
The ambassador went on to say that Britain views Saudi Arabia as a cash cow as it has vast oil resources that create great opportunities in the country through which it can contribute to boosting the UK economy. Since Saudi Arabia is Britain’s biggest trading partner in the Middle East, he added, Theresa May is seeking to enhance trade and strategic relations between the two countries so that she may prevent any collapse in Britain’s economy following the completion of Brexit.
In the meantime, Pérez-Villanueva stresses that boosting of ties between the two nations will benefit Saudi Arabia, too, and it will bring about major political, economic, and social benefits for the country such as pulling it out of the whirlpool of war in Yemen and domestic economic crisis. He stated that Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman is in urgent need of this mutual cooperation in order to realize his ambitious Vision 2030 Plan.
At the end, Pérez-Villanueva anticipated that Muhammad bin Salman will strike major military deals with Britain in order to access international waters through Oman and Yemen so that his country could exert its full control over the two countries on its way to international waters.