@Ads21 Hard to say with the CK, I got the same impression as you with him on the more pro-talks and reforms side. If so, that side looks to be on the losing side of the elites.
As for the Saudis being invited … Its hardly the first time foreign countries being worried about developments were “invited” by the receiving governments to “suppport”, more often than not it was a occupation.
I would be very supprised, if the invitation got there without serious pressure from the surrounding, <strike>invading,</strike> sorry supporting countries.
Getting rid of the monument really shows how deluded the informations are that get to the ruling elites. Do they really think, that changing the name of the roundabout and destroying the monument makes their people forget?
Surely the best way to give Iran more influence and possibly breed terrorists who see no other way to get their disconsent noticed.