It was a very discreet meeting deep in the English countryside. The main speaker was Prince Turki al-Faisal, one of Saudi Arabia's
best-known and best-connected royals. The audience was composed of
senior American and British military officials. The location was RAF
Molesworth, one of three bases used by American forces in the UK since
the second world war. Now a Nato intelligence centre focused on the
Mediterranean and the Middle East,
the sprawling compound amid green fields was an ideal venue for the
sensitive topics that Turki, former head of Saudi Arabian intelligence,
wanted to raise.
After an anecdote about how Franklin D Roosevelt
was told by a naked Winston Churchill that nothing between them or their
countries should be hidden, Turki warmed to his theme: "A Saudi
national security doctrine for the next decade."
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