Claims by Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan against the Islamic Republic are “baseless, repetitive and boring,” says a senior Iranian official, calling on Riyadh to pursue a constructive approach in its regional policy.
“Saudi rulers had better stop pursuing their warmongering policies, fostering terrorism and following suit in imposing sanctions on nations,” Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, special assistant to the speaker of Iran’s Parliament, said on Friday.
Speaking at a joint news conference in Moscow on Thursday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Faisal bin Farhan claimed Iran was wreaking havoc in West Asia and destabilizing the security of neighboring countries by ‘intervention.’
The Saudi foreign minister said Iran needed to “change its philosophy regarding its role in the region.”
In response to the remarks, Amir-Abdollahian said the Saudi rulers were paving the way for the “terrorist and artificial” Israeli regime to implement its destabilizing plans in the region.
“Riyadh’s overt and covert support for Takfiri terrorism and Daesh in the region has been clearly proven in recent years to everyone, particularly the Iraqi and Syrian peoples,” the Iranian official said.
“It will be beneficial to Riyadh to trust the Islamic Republic of Iran, which is playing the most constructive role in sustaining regional and international stability.”
Saudi Arabia must end its war against Yemen and its oppressed people, the Iranian official said.
The Saudi regime and a number of its allies have been engaged in a devastating war on Yemen since March 2015, in an attempt to suppress an uprising that had toppled a Riyadh-friendly regime.
The objective of the war has not been fulfilled. It has taken a heavy toll on Yemen’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories.
The UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has raised the alarm about millions of Yemenis risking falling into worsening levels of hunger by mid-2021.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has described the crisis in Yemen as “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis,” and warned against the continuation of the protracted conflict there.