Alwaght- Iran says Saudi Arabia, “the cradle of terrorism,” has been attempting to distort facts into their exact opposite version by accusing Iran of sponsoring terror and meddling in the affairs of regional countries.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi made the remarks on Saturday in reaction to earlier comments by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir made to American television channel CNBC.
In that interview, Jubeir accused Iran of being behind a recent missile attack on Saudi Arabia from neighboring Yemen. That missile was fired by Yemen’s Ansarullah movement, which has been defending the impoverished country against a deadly Saudi-led invasion since March 2015.
“We would like to see sanctions on Iran for its support of terrorism and sanctions on Iran for violating the ballistic missile resolutions of the United Nations,” Jubeir said on Thursday.
Qassemi described the Saudi official’s comments as “cheap.”
“The Saudis have taken the blame game to its highest level,” he said, adding that Jubeir was attempting to distract attention away from Saudi Arabia’s “destabilizing activities” in the region by distorting facts.
“While Saudi Arabia itself is the cradle of extremist ideology and the incarnation of terrorism and flagrant interference in the affairs of other regional countries, it deceptively accuses others of supporting terror,” Qassemi said. That tactic, he said, has been tried and has failed.
US, Israel furious over anti-terror achievements
Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has commended the “very big achievements” made by regional nations in confrontation with terrorists, saying the US and Israeli regime are irked by these gains.
Speaking to reporters after a meeting of the heads of the three branches of the Iranian government on Saturday, Rouhani said the days of the terrorists in the Middle East region are numbered.
“Today, the people of Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, backed by their armies and friendly countries, particularly the Islamic Republic of Iran, have managed to almost entirely get rid of such a problem (terrorism),” the Iranian president said.