On 15 December, Dr Rickli was a guest on Al-Jazeera's Inside Story. He commented on US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley’s reference to the ‘undeniable evidence’ of an Iranian missile fired at Saudi Arabia in Yemen. In response, Dr Rickli revealed key shortcomings in the forensic investigation that fail to reveal the origin of the weapons as well as the date the weapon was transferred to the Houthis; these are essential factors that change the narrative of the accusation.
Highlighting the broader picture of the Gulf region, he referred to ‘increased arms trade, surrogate warfare and use of proxies’ which from a Saudi perspective raise warning signs of Iran’s emergence. The region’s security is volatile and even a small event can spark a major confrontation, especially in the context of the growing tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia.