Saud al-Shaalan, tribal leader and grandson of King Abdulaziz, issues warning as tensions spike with US over Opec+ oil production cut
In a message “to the West”, Saud al-Shaalan is seen in a video circulating on social media saying “anybody who challenges the existence of this kingdom, we are all projects of jihad and martyrdom”. The prince is heard issuing his warning in English and French.
Saud al-Shaalan is a tribal leader and grandson of King Abdulaziz, the founder of Saudi Arabia, according to Saudi human rights advocate Abdullah Alaoudh.
Because I know they will delete it
Here it is again: pic.twitter.com/L4awAOcRRk
— د. عبدالله العودة (@aalodah) October 15, 2022
His intervention comes as relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia have hit a nadir. With energy prices rising following Russia’s February invasion of Ukraine, Washington has lobbied members of the Opec+ oil cartel, particularly Saudi Arabia, to increase production.
US President Joe Biden travelled to the kingdom in July, despite previously promising to turn Saudi Arabia into a pariah following the 2018 murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and his administration briefed media that they believed the Saudis would ramp up production.
Instead, a small increase was followed by a decision last week to cut oil output from Opec+ by two million barrels a day, which could raise prices globally.