Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has called Iran’s supreme leader “the new Hitler of the Middle East”, amid heightened tensions between the two countries.
Alluding to Iran’s growing regional power, Mohammed bin Salman said it was important to avoid a repeat “of what happened in Europe in the Middle East”.
In response Iran advised the prince to “ponder the fate of famous dictators”.
Saudi Arabia and Iran are rivals and have increasingly accused each other of fuelling instability across the region.
Speaking to the New York Times, Mohammed bin Salman said Iran could not be allowed to spread its influence.
“We learned from Europe that appeasement doesn’t work. We don’t want the new Hitler in Iran to repeat what happened in Europe in the Middle East,” he said, referring to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.