Saudi “Divisive” Policies Harmful to Region

Saudi “Divisive” Policies Harmful to Region
Saudi “Divisive” Policies Harmful to Region

Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Friday warned of the “destabilizing” and “divisive” Saudi moves in the region, stressing that “repeated, empty rhetoric” will not reduce Riyadh’s burden of responsibility for its past actions wreaking havoc in the region.

“Saudi Arabia’s policies in recent years have all been about sowing division among Islamic nations, besieging its neighbors, threatening other countries to bring wars inside their territories, destabilizing interference in nations’ affairs and repeating baseless allegations again and again,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying by ISNA.

“They [regional countries] have not seen any positive move taken by the Saudi government.”

Qasemi’s rebuke was in response to Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir’s claims on Thursday that the oil kingdom’s actions in the Middle East are a result of what he called Iran’s “aggression”.

“We are reacting to that aggression and saying, enough is enough. We’re not going to let you do this anymore,” Jubeir told Reuters in an interview.

Jubeir’s allegations came after Riyadh’s destabilizing policies took another turn when it orchestrated the announcement of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s resignation from the Saudi capital.

On Nov. 11, Reuters reported that Saudi Arabia concluded that Hariri had to go because he was unwilling to confront Hezbollah.

Ever since Saudi King Salman ascended the throne, the de facto holder of power and son Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is rushing into confrontations on all sides at once.

Riyadh initiated a bloody war on its poor neighbor Yemen, killing more than 13,000 people and leaving millions more on the verge of starvation. It has also imposed a sea and land blockade on Qatar since early June.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday that “Iran is not seeking any confrontation in the region and wants to help regional peace and stability.”

Zarif described Riyadh’s approach as “hostile and irrational”, adding that they have only been to Saudi’s detriment.

“Regional peoples have been harmed by Saudi Arabia’s policies. This must be stopped,” he warned.


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