Arab League Should Stop Saudi Violence in Region

Bahram QasemiBahram Qasemi

Iran’s Foreign Ministry said the Arab League should compel Saudi Arabia to end its killing of civilians in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Bahrain and stop its support for terrorist groups founded and nurtured by the Saudi regime itself.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi on Friday expressed astonishment at the “biased and unjust” statement issued at the end of an extraordinary consultative meeting held by the council of Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo on Thursday, according to Press TV.

“If this council is honest in its willingness to help promote peaceful coexistence among regional countries and is firmly determined to establish convergence and boost good neighborliness, it is necessary to stop its unconstructive support for Riyadh just for once,” he said.

Qasemi stressed that “one-sided and bigoted” support of Arab League leaders and its foreign ministerial council for some members of the body over recent years has failed to help settle crises and misunderstandings among regional countries and the league’s members.

The spokesman emphasized that such biased approaches have caused more instability, insecurity and chaos across the region, and led to Saudi Arabia’s “more blatant and shameful” killing of innocent people in some Arab countries. Qasemi said Iran advises the Arab ministerial council to think wisely and understand the reality on the ground.

The continuation of the current trend and support for Saudi Arabia, as “Riyadh’s destabilizing policies can plague these countries themselves”, he said.

The spokesman noted that those injured in a deadly crush during last year’s hajj rituals in Mina, near Mecca, and the families of victims expect the Saudi government to be held accountable for the tragedy and reveal the facts about the crush and other deadly incidents taking place every year during the hajj rituals.

Qasemi made the comments in reaction to the Arab foreign ministers’ condemnation of the recent statements by the Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei against Saudi Arabia.

In his message to hajj pilgrims on September 5, the Leader urged the Muslim world to know the Saudi rulers and truly realize the reality of their unfaithful and materialistic nature, saying they “must think of a fundamental solution for the management of the Two Holy Mosques [the Grand Mosque in Mecca and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina] and the issue of hajj”.