Al-Jubeir’s thunderbolt response silences Iran

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir. (Reuters)
Updated 23 July 2016

Al-Jubeir’s thunderbolt response silences Iran

BRUSSELS: Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir gave a fitting reply to the consul general of Iran during a lecture at Egmont Research Center of the Foreign Ministry of Belgium in Brussels, after the consul alleged the Kingdom supported terrorism.

Al-Arabiya broadcast a part of the speech of the Iranian consul general, in which he said: “I believe that saying that Al-Qaeda has any relationship with Iran is a joke. Nobody has forgotten that Bin Laden was a Saudi national and he had strong political and economic relations with the Kingdom. They have also not forgotten that from among 19 people who participated in 9/11 attacks, 15 were Saudi nationals. People sitting in this hall also know which countries who have supported Daesh for several years are.”
Responding to this allegation, Al-Jubeir said: “I did not say anything which is not backed by facts. Doesn’t the Iranian constitution talk about exporting revolution? Doesn’t the Iranian constitution talk about taking care of deprived Shias? Didn’t Iran establish Hezbollah? Didn’t Iran attack more than 12 embassies inside Iran violating all international laws? We never attacked them. Iran did. Didn’t Iran engineer, plan and implement attacks on residences of the American forces in Alkhobar in 1996? Yes, they did.
The officer in charge of this operation was your military attaché in Bahrain. The person who made the bomb was from Hezbollah of Lebanon. The explosives came from Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. The three main leaders of the operation ran away and has been living in Iran since then.”
Al-Jubeir continued: “When there were explosions in Riyadh in 2003, Saif Al-Adel was in Iran with Saad Bin Laden, Al-Qaed’s propaganda official, as well as another four or five commanders. We asked Iran to hand them over. But they refused our demand. Some of them are still in Iran.”
“The order for bombing the residential complexes of Riyadh in 2003 was given by Saif Al-Adel, commander of Al-Qaeda’s operations. He was then staying in Iran. We have recordings of telephone conversation. We did not create this information. Ronald Regan used to say: The facts are stubborn. They are actually stubborn because it is not possible to get around facts. Hezbollah is a terrorist organization. It is clear that it has attacked embassies. The embassies do not explode themselves. There must be somebody behind it. Diplomats do not kill themselves by firing bullets on themselves three times. There is a person responsible for this,” he added.
Al-Jubeir added: “Iranian agents have links with terrorist attacks in Europe and South America. We did not create these facts. This is the world and this is the proof. We wish that Iran would become a great neighbor. But this depends on both sides. If you want the world to deal with you, then there is a requirement of giving up hostile expansionist policies and return to international norms and practices.”
Addressing the Iranian consul directly, the foreign minister said: “If you don’t want Saudi officials criticizing Iran, then do not behave in a way which attracts criticism. So far your history is full of death and destruction, noncompliance with international law and the principles which have existed since the emergence of the United Nations, particularly those related to good neighborly relations and noninterference in the affairs of others.”


Saudi Arabia bans livestock imports from Sudan and Djibouti over RVF fears

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Saudi Arabia bans livestock imports from Sudan and Djibouti over RVF fears

  • Sample from one livestock shipment arriving from Djibouti was found positive of Rift Valley fever
  • Livestock imports from Somalia had earlier been banned, says Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has announced a ban on importing livestock from Sudan and Djibouti.

The ministry said the ban is a response to the announcement of World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) concerning documented cases of Rift Valley fever (RVF) in Sudan. 

In addition, a sample from one livestock shipment arriving from Djibouti was positive and thus was not cleared.

According to the ministry, Saudi Arabia imported 5 million heads of cattle from Sudan and 700,000 from Djibouti during the last Hijri year, prior to the ban.

The spokesman for the ministry, Abdullah Abalkhail, said that alternative sources include GCC, Jordan, Uruguay, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Georgia, Portugal, Hungary, Kazakhstan and Romania, as well as Chinese Mongolia, Argentine, Brazil and the US.

These countries can hardly compete with African states, said Al-Jadani, due to prices, different weather and customer demand. 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Humaid Al-Jadani, a livestock merchant and a former member of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce livestock committee, said 5 ships were about to arrive carrying up to 50,000 heads of cattle when the ban was announced, but were turned back.
  • He said that the Saudi market depends heavily on imports from Africa, specifically Sudan and Djibouti.
  • Prices have risen during the past two days by 30 percent and further rises are expected, said Al-Jadani.
  • Official reports from Sudan say that at least 135 cases of rift valley fever were documented in Sudan, in Kassala, Red Sea and northern Darfur. 

The domestic livestock, he added, covers the demand of a very low percentage of the market and the price of local sheep are very high.

All shipments are examined at their point of arrival and only healthy animals are allowed into the local market.

 

Regulations

The ministry has already banned livestock imports from Somalia.

“The ministry studies each country individually to put health regulations in line with the OIE and we follow up daily reports from the OIE to reduce the spread of the diseases among animals and people,” Abalkhail said.

Humaid Al-Jadani, a livestock merchant and a former member of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce livestock committee, said five ships were about to arrive carrying up to 50,000 heads of cattle when the ban was announced, but were turned back.

He said that the Saudi market depends heavily on imports from Africa, specifically Sudan and Djibouti.

According Al-Jadani, prices have risen during the past two days by 30 percent and further rises are expected in the coming period.

The ministry has called on those working in the sector to contact officials on the hotline 8002470000 if they find any suspicious cases.

A fine up to SR1 million ($267,000) will be imposed on any company contravening the ban.

Official reports from Sudan say that at least 135 cases of RVF were documented in Sudan, in Kassala, Red Sea and Northern Darfur. According to the World Health Organization Sudan witnessed a huge RVF outbreak in 2007, while in Saudi Arabia RVF spread back in 2000.

The World Bank noted previously that six zoonotic diseases between 1997 and 2009 have led to a loss of $80 billion.

Officials believe that only through collaboration between various authorities in the health, biology and environment sectors the disease can be controlled.