‘Ugly reality’: Iran’s FM spokesman accuses Saudi Arabia of being chief source of ‘bigotry, hatred & terrorism’ in region
“For decades, Wahhabism – nurtured by colonial powers – has been the source of bigotry, hatred & terrorism in our region – and beyond,” he tweeted on Thursday. “Fact: Every terrorist group in our region has graduated from Saudi-funded Madrassas.”
1/ For decades, Wahabism—nurtured by colonial powers—has been *the* source of bigotry, hatred & terrorism in our region — and beyond.Fact: Every terrorist group in our region has graduated from Saudi-funded Madrassas.No amount of Saudi obfuscation can hide this ugly reality.— Saeed Khatibzadeh (@SKhatibzadeh) December 3, 2020
Khatibzadeh mentioned “their atrocities in Yemen, & the infamous Khashoggi case are just some of their other stunts,” and added that “Saudis must change course. The policy of inflaming tension is no longer tenable.”Also on rt.com Israeli minister claims PM secretly met with Saudi Crown Prince, Saudis deny report, Netanyahu refuses to comment
The spokesman’s harsh statements followed tweets by Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia’s minister of state for foreign affairs, who tweeted on December 1 that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif “is desperate to blame the kingdom for anything negative that happens in Iran.”
“Will he blame us for the next earthquake or flood?” he queried.
In further remarks, al-Jubeir claimed that “unlike Iran,” it was not the kingdom’s policy “to engage in assassinations,” and added: “Ask us, and ask many other countries who have lost many of their citizens due to Iran’s criminal and illegal behavior!”
It is not the policy of Saudi Arabia to engage in assasinations; unlike Iran, which has done so since the Khomeini Revolution in 1979. Ask us, and ask many other countries who have lost many of their citizens due to Iran’s criminal and illegal behavior!— Adel Aljubeir عادل الجبير (@AdelAljubeir) December 1, 2020
Zarif had earlier accused Saudi Arabia, the US, and Israel for colluding in the assassination of senior Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh near Tehran on November 27. The Iranian minister mentioned Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s alleged visit to Riyadh and the trilateral meetings between him, Saudi officials, and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Saudi Arabia, a Sunni powerhouse and regional rival of Shiite Iran, has not formally condemned the assassination of the scientist, although other Gulf states have done so.
Israeli sources said Netanyahu held talks in Saudi Arabia last month, while Riyadh denied any such meeting took place.
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