Saudi Arabia, which has been on edge following a series of violent attacks on protesters, is worried that Donald Trump, a billionaire who has threatened to unleash “war on terror” on the United States, will make the world a more dangerous place.
The kingdom has seen a number of attacks on the kingdom’s Shia minority since the Arab Spring uprisings began, including a bomb attack in June which killed 20 people and a car bombing on March 23 that killed at least 50 people.
Trump, a Republican, is seen as the ideal candidate to defeat the Islamic State (IS) group, which is also known as Daesh, as well as other groups in the region that oppose the Saudi-led Saudi monarchy.
On Saturday, a bomb exploded in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, killing two people and wounding many others.
It was claimed by the al-Qaida-linked group Nusra Front.
“If we do not get the right candidate, then the future of the world will be threatened and the Middle East will be divided,” King Salman told a televised news conference.
Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, was also quoted by Saudi news agency SPA as saying Trump’s election “will have a disastrous effect on peace and stability in the Middle Eastern region”.
“He has no intention of building a stable Middle East.
He wants to create chaos,” Jubeir was quoted as saying.”
He is an ignorant person who has never lived the world.
He is a dangerous man.”
Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, has been closely watching the election to see how Trump’s controversial statements and comments about women, Muslims and minority groups could affect relations with its neighbours.
The Trump administration has been criticised by many in the US for its policies toward Muslims and minorities, and for its decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The US is the only country in the world that has not officially recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord has also led to a wave of protests across the Middle east, and the kingdom has taken a harder line in recent months on social media.
In recent weeks, Saudi Arabia has also become more vocal in its criticism of Trump.
Last month, Saudi authorities barred several prominent journalists from entering the country after they posted on social networking sites that Trump was unfit to serve as president.
The king, who is due to visit the US in late November, has also been increasingly outspoken in his criticism of the Trump administration’s handling of terrorism and his decision to scrap the Iran nuclear deal.
Trump was widely criticised for his decision last year to withdraw US troops from the Middle-East, a move that the Saudis have strongly opposed, accusing the US of playing a “double game” by supporting Iran and its Lebanese Shia Hezbollah militia in Syria and Lebanon.