Saudi Cabinet welcomes IRGC terrorist designation by US

A session of the Saudi cabinet, chaired by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, on Tuesday backed a US decision to classify Iran’s Islamic Republican Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization. (SPA)
Updated 10 April 2019

Saudi Cabinet welcomes IRGC terrorist designation by US

  • Minister of Information Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabana said that the council backed the announcement
  • Reiterated need for international community to take firm stance against IRGC role

RIYADH: The Saudi cabinet, in a session chaired by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday, has welcomed a US decision to classify Iran’s Islamic Republican Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization.

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency, Minister of Information Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabana said that the council welcomed the announcement and view it as a “serious and practical step” in countering terrorism.

The cabinet also reiterated the need for the international community to take a firm stance against the role played by the IRGC in undermining international peace and security.

Also during the cabinet session, the king briefed the council on his recent trip to Bahrain and his meeting with King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa as well as correspondence he received from King Abdullah II of Jordan.

The recent visit of a high-ranking Saudi delegation to Iraq was also discussed, with the outcome of a meeting held in Baghdad by the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council and King Salman’s pledge of $1 billion to Iraq for various projects were on the agenda.


King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 21 November 2019

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.