Prince Turki bin Faisal al-Saud of Saudi Arabia gestures during a session at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos January 24, 2014.
Prince Turki bin Faisal al-Saud of Saudi Arabia gestures during a session at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos January 24, 2014.
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A senior member of the Saudi royal family attacked the United States today over its policy on Syria.

Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former intelligence chief and an outspoken critic of President Barack Obama's administration since it started secret nuclear talks with Iran, said the world was disappointed with the "sense of no direction" in U.S. foreign policy.

"I want the Americans to go to the Security Council and get a resolution that forces should be deployed to stop the fighting in Syria", he told the World Economic Forum in Davos. "If that is not available, then at least a humanitarian corridor to allow people not to starve." 

Saudi Arabia and Qatar have backed opposition coalition and al-Hr militia with weapons, training, money and military intelligence in the fight against Syrian army.

Saudi Arabia, a historical U.S ally, has been dismayed that Washington worked behind its back to thrash out an interim agreement granting Iran limited sanctions relief in exchange for temporary restraints on Tehran's nuclear programme.

Riyadh, like Western countries, believes that drive is aimed at producing weapons - a charge Iran denies.

Asked whether Saudi Arabia has been blindsided, Prince Turki said  "Absolutely. On the Syria issue among other things, the U.S policy hasn't been clear and definitely the actions have not been clear either. This disturbs America's allies because we've grown to depend on America".

On a separate panel in Davos, Iranian  foreign minister "Mohammad Javad Zarif" said he had met Prince Turki earlier today without giving further details, a rare contact between the two Middle Eastern rivals.

Zarif said  "we want good relations with our neighbors. People should not be concerned", adding "we have governance problems in the region. We have confidence problems in the region. We have a mentality in the region that sees the problems of some country it's own assets. We need to change this mentality".

Asked whether President al-Assad should leave, Zarif said that it's a decision that Syrians should take.

He stressed "extremism is a product of foreign intervention and product of short-sightedeness. Those who created the Taliban ended up paying their blood for what they have created. The flames that have been created in our region will engulf everybody".

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