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Saudi crown prince says does not want regional war: Asharq al-Awsat

FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks during a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, February 20, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/File Photo

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman said the kingdom does not want a war in the region but would not hesitate to deal with any threat to its vital interests, amid heightened tensions with rival Iran, Saudi-owned newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported on Sunday.

Attacks on two oil tankers on Thursday in the Gulf of Oman, which the United States blamed on Iran, have raised fears of broader confrontation in the region. Iran has denied any role in the strikes south of the Strait of Hormuz, a major transit route for oil.

Reporting By Marwa Rashad and Ali Abdelaty, writing by Stephen Kalin; editing by Diane Craft

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