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Saudis Need to Face Ground Realities

Saudis should admit defeat against Iran in all battles and should realize that the support of their western allies will not turn the situation in their favor
Ali Akbar VelayatiAli Akbar Velayati

A top advisor to the Leader of Islamic Revolution said Saudis should admit defeat against Iran in all battles and should realize that the support of their western allies will not turn the situation in their favor.

"The Saudis must accept that regional nations have awakened," Ali Akbar Velayati was also quoted as saying by IRNA on Monday.

"They have been bombing defenseless Yemeni people for [about] two years and have killed more than 10,000 of the innocent Yemeni population but Yemenis have resisted and formed a government."

The Saudi kingdom and the Islamic Republic have been supporting opposing sides in an array of conflicts across the region. A Saudi-led coalition began a military campaign in Yemen in March 2015 for preventing Houthi fighters and forces loyal to Yemen's ex-president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, from taking control of the country.

A civil war has also been raging in Syria for six years between President Bashar al-Assad's forces, backed by Iran and Russia, and armed insurgents supported by the United States, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and other allies. Iran is providing military advice to the Iraqi government forces in their fight against the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group.

"The Iraqi government is close to complete victory in Mosul. Also, 80% of Aleppo in Syria have been liberated and the rest of the occupied areas will be freed soon," Velayati added.

Large swaths of the two Arab countries have been under IS occupation since 2012. Velayati was reacting to recent remarks by British Prime Minister Theresa May who accused Tehran of "aggressive regional actions" in a speech to a Persian Gulf Arab summit.

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