Saudi Arabia is not a puppet state: Minister

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Dubai, March 3 (UNI) Saudi Arabia will never change its domestic or foreign policies under pressure from the United States and was not a 'puppet state,' Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal said in Riyadh.

Addressing a closed session of the 150-member Shoura Council in the Saudi capital yesterday, Prince Saud said the Kingdom's policies were steady and not dictated by the superpower or any other country.

''We have never been a puppet state, a Shoura member quoted Prince Saud as saying.

He said the United States and Saudi Arabia have been sharing ''strategic'' relations over decades, but the relationship was built on national interests, the Arab News reported.

Speaking about the American bias toward Israel, the prince said the Kingdom had exerted every effort to persuade the US administration to honour its commitments to peace in West Asian.

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