Saudi Arabia Determined to Defy Iran’s Regional Expansion

Al Arabiya13.07.2015 KSA
Saudi Arabia Determined to Defy Iran’s Regional Expansion

Saudi Arabia Determined to Defy Iran’s Regional Expansion

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The Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubair (photo) said that the Kingdom is against any Iranian interference in the Arab world.

“Saudi Arabia is working to confront Iran's trouble-making activities in the region,” Jubair said during a joint press conference with his Jordanian counterpart.

Jubair added: “The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has committed crimes against Arabs but did not commit any crime against Iran.”

This is not the first time Jubair makes a statement about Iran’s muddling in the region. Saudi Arabia has long criticized Iran’s interference in the region, especially with Tehran giving support to the Yemeni Houthi militia group.

During the address, which took place in Amman on Thursday, Jubair also said that both Saudi Arabia and Jordan share similar positions regarding what is happening in the region.

Jubair, who was visiting Jordan for the first time since assuming his position as foreign minister, added that “Jordan’s stability is important for Saudi Arabia.”

Jordan’s Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh also described relations between Riyadh and Amman as “deep and well-established.”

Speaking about the Kingdom’s relations with the United States, Jubair said: “We rely on ourselves and not on the U.S. to preserve our interests.”

“Our relations with the U.S. are strategic ... Washington supports the coalition operations in Yemen.”

A coalition of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia began bombing Houthi militias, the dominant faction in Yemen’s civil war, in March in a campaign to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power shortly after he fled to Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, The United Nations has announced an “unconditional humanitarian pause” in the Yemen conflict starting at midnight local time Friday and is seeking commitments from all parties to stop all violence.

“The Secretary-General looks forward to the commitments of all parties to the conflict in Yemen to an unconditional humanitarian pause to start on Friday, 10 July at 23:59 (GMT + 3) until the end of Ramadan,” said U.N. Spokesman Stephane Dujarric on Thursday.

Source: Al Arabiya; Agencies; Photo: AP



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