MP: Riyadh Pursues ‘Destructive’ Policies

MP: Riyadh Pursues ‘Destructive’ Policies MP: Riyadh Pursues ‘Destructive’ Policies

A parliamentarian said Saudi Arabia is pursuing "destructive" policies on Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and even Iran's southeastern borders.

Deputy Chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mansour Haqiqatpour made the remark in an interview with ISNA published on Friday in reference to the recent release of more than 60,000 diplomatic cables from Saudi Arabia by Wikileaks.

He said Saudi measures are so obvious that they do not need any Wikileaks document as proof.  

The lawmaker said intelligence and foreign ministries need to conduct expert studies before any comment could be made on the authenticity of the information.

He did not reject the view that the documents might also include some misleading information to help some countries pursue their objectives in the region, saying that is why expert work is needed to determine the documents' genuineness.

Haqiqatpour described the US claim that Iran's measures are the source of tension in the Middle East as an outright lie, saying Iran is a "security pillar" for the region and has always sought to promote regional security.

In conclusion, he hoped the release of such documents will raise the awareness of the authorities of Arab countries about Saudi moves in the region and help them to respond to such measures appropriately.  

Wikileaks said it had obtained email communications between Saudi Arabia's Foreign Ministry and other countries as well as confidential reports from other Saudi ministries. The organization also said on its website it would release half a million more in the coming weeks, according to Reuters.

Wikileaks is an international, journalistic organization which publishes secret information and news leaks from anonymous sources. Julian Assange, an Australian Internet activist, is generally described as its founder, editor-in-chief and director.