Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Saudi Leader Warns "Iran Can't Be Trusted"

Mar 31, 2015
Press Release
Rep. Buchanan Questions New Defense Minister on Iran Nuke Deal

Prince says Iran stoking Mideast turmoil

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, part of a congressional delegation in the Middle East this week, questioned the new Saudi defense minister Monday about nuclear talks between Iran and the U.S. 

“He said Iran can’t be trusted,” Buchanan said after meeting in the Saudi capital of Riyadh for more than an hour with Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the defense minister and son of the King of Saudi Arabia.  “He questioned why we would be negotiating with the Iranians when they are responsible for growing tension in the Middle East.”

“I asked the Prince what he thought about the discussions between the U.S. and Iran, and he responded that he doesn’t think the United States is taking the threat posed by Iran seriously,” Buchanan said. “He said the Saudis would also like more military assistance from the U.S. to combat Iran’s growing influence in the region.”

Buchanan also noted that in their conversation, Prince Salman expressed deep concern about the close partnership between Iran and Russia.

After the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah earlier this year, the throne was passed to King Salman who then appointed his 34-year-old son Mohammed to the dual role of defense minister and chief of the royal court.