Contradictions and Confusions

Issue 63 - 18 Jan 1982
In recent weeks the kingdom has displayed an odd mixture of decisiveness and uncertainty in the exercise of its foreign policies. Near to home, the arrests of the alleged Iranian-inspired subversive group in Bahrain produced a remarkably swift and stern response from Saudi Arabia. As well as at once castigating the regime in Tehran for fomenting trouble in the Arab Gulf, the Saudis were quick to act. Within days of the arrests Prince Naif, the Interior Minister, was hot-foot to Bahrain for the signing of a mutual security pact between the two countries. The provisions of the agreement have not been made public but its substance and meaning is clear enough.

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