Saudi Prince Turki Bin Faisal Al Saud: 'We Try To Learn from Our Mistakes'
In a SPIEGEL interview today, Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud discusses Saudi Arabia's push for modernity, its role in the Yemeni civil war, anti-Iranian sentiment and the human rights situation in the Gulf's powerful but conservative monarchy.
SPIEGEL asked the Prince directly about Raif Badawi...
SPIEGEL: Around 50 years ago, your father, the late King Faisal, abolished slavery and introduced girls' schools. He modernized Saudi Arabia. But to this day, the Kingdom shocks the world with draconian punishments like the one against the blogger Raif Badawi. Where is Saudi Arabia headed under King Salman?
Prince Turki: The Kingdom is going forward, it always does. King Salman served King Abdulaziz, King Saud, and King Faisal, he served under Kings Khaled, Fahd and Abdullah. He has been part and parcel of the reforms which have made the Kingdom what it is today. And if there is an example of a people moving from one stage of social and political development to another -- take the Germans: It has only been 70 years since Germany was ruled by the Nazis, who committed the most horrible crimes. And where is Germany today? They have come a long way. We look inward every day at what we do. We try to learn from our mistakes and improve our conduct. This cannot happen overnight. But it does happen.