The young Saudi crown prince announced Tuesday that the kingdom plans to adopt a “moderate Islam that is open to all regions and the world.” He added that his country’s actions over the past 30 years were “not normal” and placed the blame on the 1979 revolution in Iran.
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During an interview Tuesday with the Guardian, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman presented his vision for the kingdom’s future. According to bin Salman, the country plans to adopt a “moderate” and “open” Islam. Bin Salman added that his country has been “not normal” for the past few decades and asked the world to help turn the kingdom into an “open society” that benefits its citizens and attracts investors.
The young crown prince said that in the past 30 years, Saudi Arabia has been an ultra-conservative state in response to the 1979 revolution in Iran, which was the beginning of the fundamentalist Islamic leadership in Tehran. “After the Iranian revolution in 1979, people wanted to copy this model in different countries, one of them is Saudi Arabia,” he explained. “We didn’t know how to deal with it. And the problem spread all over the world. Now is the time to get rid of it.”
Bin Salman also commented on his recently-announced plan for an independent economic zone running across Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia: “We are a G20 country. One of the biggest world economies. We’re in the middle of three continents. Changing Saudi Arabia for the better means helping the region and changing the world.”
Watch: Bin Salman during the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh
“We hope to go back to what we were before- a moderate Islam that is open to all regions and the world,” bin Salman revealed earlier Tuesday during the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh. In addition, he explained that the kingdom would do more to fight extremist ideologies today and destroy them.