Bahram Qassemi

Tehran urges Riyadh to put up with Iran’s growing influence in region

Riyadh should put up with Tehran’s growing role in the region as it is “the result of natural developments”, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Saudi Arabia must come to terms with the fact that Iran has increased its influence in the region and abandon inappropriate behavior because Tehran’s patience is not limitless, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said Tuesday.

“If certain developments have happened in Iraq that have increased Iran’s weight in the region compared with Saudi Arabia, it is not a result of Iran’s interest in imposing its hegemony, but the result of natural developments in the region. If Saudi Arabia cannot bear these developments, it is not our fault… We hope that it can overcome this symptom and start constructive interactions with its neighbors, specially Iran,” Qassemi was quoted as saying by FARS news agency.

He added that the Saudi Arabain approach is unacceptable and “any country had a limited degree of patience and tolerance.”

Earlier in August, the Arab Human Rights Forum, an Arab Gulf parliamentary initiative, held a meeting dedicated to the “Iranian threats.”

By Sputnik