TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Ali Akbar Velayati, an international adviser to Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, likened Saudi Arabia to an angry person with no hope to find logical solutions to a litany of problems it is facing.
In an exclusive interview with Basirat News & Analysis Website, Velayati explicated the conflicts that have beset Saudi Arabia.
Asked if Saudi Arabia’s decision to sever diplomatic ties with Iran was aimed at derailing the international Syria peace talks, Velayati said, “Today, the political center of gravity has shifted to our region. In the past, this region and other regions were affected by international developments, and today the international developments hinge upon the regional developments.
Saudi Arabia has always played a fundamental role in creating chaos in the region… Saudi Arabia has infiltrated into many religious centers in Islamic countries in order to spread Salafist ideology, which has led to the creation of (Takfiri terrorist groups including) al-Nusra Front, Jaish al-Islam, Jiash al-Horr, Boko Haram and similar groups in the West, China, Caucasus, Russia, Pakistan, North Africa, Iraq, Syria and Yemen. In general, wherever in the world an extremist group introduces Islam with extremist principles and easily kills people, it is linked to Saudi Arabia ideologically.”
“Some scholars who are affiliated to Saudi Arabia are funded by the kingdom to propagate extremism and also terrorize and kill opponents of the regime under an Islamic cover and this has pushed the world public opinion to take a stance against Saudi Arabia… Daesh (ISIL) has been defeated in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and Saudi Arabia, from the Western public opinion’s perspective, is condemned. They have been defeated in the battlefields and the delusions of grandeur that the Saudi regime had assumed for itself now have practically been shattered.”
As regards the Al Saud’s execution of prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, Velayati said, “The Saudis knew that the execution of a cleric who only criticized them verbally would have aftereffects, but by doing so they were seeking to change the game and prioritize other issues.
He also rejected the notion that Saudi Arabia’s decision to cut ties with Iran happened by chance, noting, “The Saudis were discontented with the Vienna (nuclear) agreement and expected the Americans and Europeans to throw their weight behind them more fervently. They also expected Muslim countries to support the extremist forces and terrorists that enjoy the Saudis’ support.”
“It seems that Saudi Arabia’s decision-making model is similar to an angry person who has lost hope to find a logical solution to serve its own interests,” he underlined.
Velayati then expressed the hope that the regional crises would be resolved as soon as possible, adding, “What we have done over these years has been in line with efforts to end the crises, but given the elements involved in the crises, it is not expected that they are resolved in the short and medium term.”