S. Arabia Advised to Show Moderation

S. Arabia Advised to Show ModerationS. Arabia Advised to Show Moderation

A lawmaker called on Saudi leaders to drop their extremist, bellicose stance toward Tehran and hold negotiation to settle disputes.

"We advise the Saudi officials to show moderation and return to the path of wisdom by seeking to resolve the issues through dialogue and negotiation," Hossein Naqavi Hosseini also told ISNA on Sunday.

Hosseini was commenting on recent hostile remarks by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir who renewed the Arab kingdom's allegations of terrorism sponsorship against the Islamic Republic and reasserted its resolve to counter Tehran's regional clout.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran's defense capabilities are so high that it can nip any threat in the bud. So neither Saudi Arabia nor even its great masters, namely the United States and Zionists, can confront Iran," he said.

The two countries are locked in a bitter feud since Salman bin Abdulaziz ascended to the Saudi throne in January 2015.

Under the new king, Saudi Arabia has abandoned its traditionally conservative foreign policy and adopted an aggressive policy against Iran, accusing it of sponsoring terrorism and aspiring to dominate the region. Riyadh cut bilateral diplomatic ties in early 2016, following the storming of its embassy in Tehran by protesters enraged over the Saudi execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr without due process.

Tensions between the two countries have never eased ever since. Despite Iran's call for dialogue aimed at settling differences, the Saudis have rejected its overtures.

Analysts believe a normalization of ties between the two powerhouses could have profound impact on the region deeply embroiled in conflicts, particularly the lingering crises in Syria and Yemen.

Tensions soared last month when Lebanon's Saudi ally Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned in a television broadcast from Riyadh, citing the influence of Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon and risks to his life.

Hezbollah called the move an act of war engineered by Saudi authorities. Hariri returned to Lebanon later and suspended his resignation.


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