“Saudi Arabia has extensively supported the extremist and terrorist streams for what it assumed as its foreign policy interests and the exacerbation of terrorist moves inside the country is the result of this several-decade-long support for terrorism and extremism,” Jaberi Ansari told reporters in his weekly press conference in Tehran on Monday.
Noting that projecting the blame for its internal problems on other countries has turned into a fixed Saudi policy, he said, “Denying the internal problems and blaming other countries for them will only exacerbate and deepen the internal crises and problems and will bear no results for Saudi Arabia.”
In relevant remarks in January, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian blasted Saudi Arabia for supporting the Takfiri terrorist groups and spreading terrorism in the region.
“Saudi Arabia is the prime suspect of growth of terrorism and extremism in the region,” Amir Abdollahian said in meeting with caretaker of the Saudi embassy in Tehran who was summoned to the foreign ministry over the execution of prominent Shiite cleric Nimr Baqr al-Nimr by the Riyadh government early last month.
The Iranian deputy foreign minister reiterated that Saudi Arabia cannot exonerate itself from the wrong policies that it has adopted and caused further insecurity in the region through playing the blame game and executing Sheikh Nimr.
“Saudi Arabia has not fulfilled its duties vis-à-vis the Mina tragedy that resulted in the death of thousands of Hajj pilgrims in Mecca, and yet we unfortunately witness the execution of a prominent religious leader of the Muslim world and Saudi disrespect for the Muslim community and hurting the sentiments of Muslims and warmongering in the region,” Amir Abdollahian said.
The Iranian deputy foreign minister criticized Saudi Arabia’s strategic mistakes in neglecting the human rights, systematic violation of the rights of the Shiite and religious minorities, and described Sheikh Nimr as the distinguished scholar of the world of Islam and not just in Saudi Arabia.