Behram Qasimi, the spokesperson of Iran’s foreign ministry, has responded to the Saudi Arabian foreign minister’s remarks made yesterday that, “Iran is the main sponsor of global terror”.
In a recent trip to the Gulf region, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had said, “Today we must seek unity, we must remove the fake distances between Sunnis and Shiites created by foreign powers. The fear between Iranians, Shiites and our neighbours is being pumped in by the foreigners. If there are problems between us, we can solve them through dialogue.”
On Sunday Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, rejected Iranian calls for dialogue saying Tehran was the main sponsor of terrorism in the world, a destabilising force in the Middle East and wanted to “destroy us.”
Reuters reported on Monday that Turkey had also joined the de facto united front against Tehran as Saudi and Israeli ministers rejected an appeal from Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for Sunni Gulf Arab states to work with Tehran to reduce violence across the region.
Of this perceived “united front”, Qasimi said, “The identical approach of Saudi foreign minister and the Zionist regime’s war minister [referring to Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman] towards Iran is not a coincidence. There is an abundance of evidence proving that these two regimes are coordinating and collaborating on many regional issues.”
Turkey and Saudi Arabia are backing opposition groups in Syria both financially and militarily, while Iran has backed the Syrian government in the same way. In the last six years, momentum in the Syrian conflict has swung from analysts numbering Syrian President Assad’s days in power in the initial stages of the war, to Assad, backed by Iran and Russia, sitting on the negotiating table for a lasting solution.
Although Israel’s stance on the Syrian conflict is not as discernable as the other’s, it has conducted intermittent air raids on Syrian targets in the last couple of years and would prefer a Syria minus Bashar al-Assad.
Referring to Israel and Saudi Arabia the Iranian spokesperson said, “Both regimes believe that in order to compensate for their losses in the region they need to provoke the international community against Iran; but their rhetoric just proves their desperation.”
Saying that it was disappointing that the “Zionist regime” was collaborating with an Islamic country to further its agenda against Iran, Qasimi added, “the Saudi foreign minister’s accusation of terrorism funding is a comical claim, none of these will make anyone forget about the Saudi regime’s spiritual, educational and financial relations with the murderous Takfiri terrorists.”