Iran says Saudi Arabia’s “destructive” policies “lead nowhere”, and that a country bombing its southern neighbor is not in a position to talk about the Islamic Republic’s role in the region.
Having understood the Islamic Republic of Iran’s “constructive and stabilizing role,” the international community is calling for Iran’s further participation in the international arena, but Saudi Arabia is “unfortunately the only country that is still looking at the regional developments with the win-lose approach and is insisting on the removal of others,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Monday, adding that the unconstructive approach is doomed to failure.
Afkham made the remarks in response to recent comments by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, who threatened to confront Iran if the Islamic Republic does not give up what he called “continuous aggression” against the kingdom.
“It is difficult to have positive relations” with Tehran “when Saudi Arabia and its people are the target of continuous aggression” by Iran, Jubeir said at a Monday joint presser with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier in the Saudi capital Riyadh.
Afkham described such remarks as indecent and non-diplomatic, noting that such an approach has plagued some regional countries, including Yemen and Syria, with organized war and extremism.
The Saudi minister had also said that it was difficult to envision a role for Iran in finding a political solution to the Syrian crisis due to Tehran’s support for the Syrian government.
In response, the Iranian official stressed that Jubeir, whose country has adopted a military and extremist approach toward the regional crises, is not competent to speak of Iran’s regional role.
Saudi Arabia launched its military aggression against Yemen on March 26 – without a United Nations mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to Yemen’s fugitive former president, Abd Rubbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.
The kingdom is also regarded as a main supporter of Takfiri terrorists operating mainly in Syria and Iraq.
Syria has been wrestling with a foreign-sponsored conflict since 2011, which has reportedly claimed more than 250,000 lives up until now.
In Iraq, gruesome violence has plagued the northern and western parts of the country ever since Daesh terrorists launched an offensive in June 2014, and took control of portions of the country.