Saudi Arabia dismisses WikiLeaks cables on attacking Iran
The Saudi Arabian government said Tuesday that it was not interested in diplomatic cables released by the website WikiLeaks in which King Abdullah reportedly encouraged Washington to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, dpa reported.
"These documents do not concern the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, nor does the kingdom have any role in producing them, nor is it aware of their authenticity," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ossama al-Naqli said in a press statement.
"The kingdom's policies and positions have always been clear," he added, without elaborating. He said he could not comment further.
A leaked cable from the United States Embassy in Riyadh said King Abdullah "frequently exhorted the US to attack Iran to put an end to its nuclear weapons programme."
The documents also report that the kingdom's ambassador to the US, Adel al-Jubeir, encouraged American military officials to "cut off the head of the snake," also a reference to Iran.
The position contradicts Riyadh's official policy of working to prevent military attacks against Iran.
Media in the absolute monarchy has refrained from reporting on the king's alleged statements about Iran as reported by the whistleblower website. Newspapers have reported on other aspects of the leaked documents, including general information about the nuclear programmes in North Korea and Iran.