Saudi Arabia calls on Islamic nations to reject Iran’s ‘interference’

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrives in Jeddah to attend the Makkah summits. (SPA)
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OIC foreign ministers were gathering in Jeddah on Wednesday. (AFP)
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrives in Jeddah to attend the Makkah summits. (SPA)
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The Arab and Gulf summits will be followed by the 14th Islamic summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries entitled “Makkah Summit: Together for the Future”. (AFP / File photo)
Updated 30 May 2019

Saudi Arabia calls on Islamic nations to reject Iran’s ‘interference’

  • King Salman welcomes GCC, Arab and Muslim leaders in Makkah for three summits this week
  • The Saudi Cabinet wished those taking part in the summits every success

MAKKAH: Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Wednesday called on Islamic nations to reject Iran's "interference" in the affairs of other countries.
"Tehran's support for Houthi rebels in Yemen is proof of Iranian interference in other nations' affairs and this is something that ... Islamic countries should reject," Ibrahim Al-Assaf told a gathering of foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

He also said the Kingdom condemned terrorist attacks aimed at threatening the supply of oil and urged a political solution in Syria backed by the UN. The meeting was a preparatory gathering ahead of the full OIC meeting on Friday.Earlier, King Salman welcomed leaders and representatives from the GCC, Arab countries and the OIC member states taking part in upcoming summits in Makkah, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Three summits are taking place in the holy city this week and the king asked Allah to make them a success for the good of Arab and Muslim nations.
King Salman thanked Allah for his grace toward Muslims around the world as they enjoyed the last 10 days of Ramadan. He hoped Allah would accept the prayers and good deeds of the millions of Muslims who had come to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah or visit the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.
 





Ibrahim Al-Assaf said the Kingdom condemns terrorist attacks aimed at the threat of oil supplies. (Reuters)

The Cabinet wished those taking part in the summits every success, welcoming the start of an international conference organized by the Muslim World League under the king’s auspices.
It also praised the Kingdom’s progress in rising up the ranks of a global competitiveness index. Saudi Arabia rose 13 places in the Annual Book of the World Competitiveness IMD 2019 to place 26th.
The Cabinet condemned terrorist bombings that targeted a marketplace in Mosul, Iraq, and attacks on mosques, in Kabul, and Quetta, Pakistan. The Cabinet offered its condolences to the families, governments and people of Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. It wished them a speedy recovery and reiterated the Kingdom’s solidarity with these countries in fighting all forms terrorism and extremism.
Minister of Media Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah said the Cabinet had dealt with a number of reports on the latest regional and global developments. He highlighted the Kingdom calling on the international community to take a firm stance against the Iran-backed Houthi militia.
He said the Houthis had targeted densely populated areas inside the Kingdom with ballistic missiles and drones, in contravention of international and humanitarian laws and UN Security Council resolutions.

*With SPA and AFP


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.