Iran blasts ‘hate-mongering’ in Saudi king’s feedback | Center East
Iran criticizes the Saudi monarch for calling for global action against Tehran and for the unity of Muslim nations.
Tehran, Iran – The Iranian Foreign Ministry has responded to Saudi Arabia’s call for global action against Iran, calling on the Kingdom to refrain from “baseless accusations and hate crimes”.
The remarks came a day after Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud urged the world to take a “decisive stance” in addressing Iran’s efforts to develop its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
“The kingdom stresses the dangers of Iran’s regional project, its interference in other countries, its promotion of terrorism, its kindling the flames of sectarianism, and calls on the international community to take a resolute stance towards Iran that will drastically address its efforts Obtaining guarantees weapons of mass destruction and developing his ballistic missile program, ”the King said in an annual address to a high-level government advisory body.
In a virtual press conference in Tehran, Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Monday that it is not “unnatural” for Saudi rulers to make such remarks.
“But I think the message from Iran was clear… the Saudi regime needs to know that peace cannot be achieved by killing the people of Yemen, that the region cannot be governed by the proliferation of Wahhabism and takfiri groups, money Cannot be spent on lobbying and resources of the Muslim world cannot be spent on betraying Palestine, ”he said.
“As long as the Saudi rulers do not return from this wrong path, there will be no prospect of improving the isolated Saudi situation in the Persian Gulf region either.”
The 84-year-old Saudi ruler told the United Nations General Assembly in September that the world must fight Iran’s “expansionism”.
Saudi Arabia and Iran have been embroiled in several proxy wars in the region for years. In Yemen, a coalition led by Saudi Arabia has been fighting the Tehran-led Houthi movement for more than five years.
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On Monday, the Iranian spokesman also sent a message of unity to the Muslim countries in the region.
Khatibzadeh said it was “painful” that the region is in a situation where those who should help and move it forward have betrayed it.
“We believe the hand of friendship of the Islamic Republic is still open to all Islamic countries,” he said.
“We all know the Saudis’ plans and plans. We didn’t choose to be neighbors, but we are. You have no choice and we all have no choice but to unite to move this region forward. “
Tensions in the region have steadily increased since the outgoing US President Donald Trump resigned from a landmark Iranian nuclear deal with world powers in 2015 and unilaterally imposed sanctions on Iran.
Saudi Arabia and a number of other Arab states have fervently supported the sanctions against Iran.
US President-elect Joe Biden has promised to return to the nuclear deal, but has announced that he will, among other things, put pressure on Iran’s regional activities and missile programs.