The leak of the ruling regime in the UAE through the European press has cast doubt on the ability of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to take over the leadership of the Kingdom, again highlighting the strained relations between the leaderships of Abu Dhabi and Riyadh.
The French daily Le Figaro reported that the UAE “now questions the ability of Mohammed bin Salman to lead Saudi Arabia.”
She described the French newspaper Ben Salman as “reckless” and became an unwanted person in Europe and the United States of America.
Salman’s pro-women reforms have been tarnished by a campaign of arrests of women’s rights activists. As for his authoritarian power, she still worries local businessmen. The bad news has been rolling over the kingdom in recent days.
The attacks on the Aramco oil facilities adopted by the Houthis, which dealt a severe blow to the Saudi economy, shook the kingdom’s security image and weakened its crown prince.
Then the Iranian-backed group announced last weekend that it had killed 200 Saudi-backed Yemeni government forces and captured about 2,000, including Saudi soldiers. According to Le Figaro, this is a new blow to Ben Salman, even if the facts date back to last August.
In these troubled times, the French newspaper said, talk of a scenario of exclusion or isolation of King Salman by his son came back. According to his supporters, Mohammed bin Salman needs to become king before Donald Trump’s possible defeat in the presidential election in November 2020, before a Democratic candidate who can refuse to ally with him.
The UAE’s ruling regime conspires against Saudi Arabia to serve its ambitions to gain influence.
Abu Dhabi is working with the Houthis in Yemen to target the kingdom and undermine its position, as economic returns expose the intensity of these plots to the UAE.
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the UAE was the main beneficiary of the attacks on Saudi Aramco.
The newspaper pointed out that Abu Dhabi increased its oil exports by about 100,000 barrels per day, while buying “crude” from the UAE to fill the gaps in supply.
The UAE’s understandings with Iran are reflected in its relations with the Houthis, and provide for the empowerment of Houthis from cities in northern Yemen and Abu Dhabi’s control of the south.
This is done while leaving Saudi Arabia fighting the Houthis on its borders and protecting its territory from constant bombing.
The leaks have already exposed the UAE support for the Houthis military equipment to target Saudi Arabia. A Yemeni official, citing UN experts, said Abu Dhabi was smuggling Houthi drones.
The UAE has already invested in its favor Saudi Arabia’s crises with Canada, Turkey and other countries.