Wednesday, 11 October 2017 at 16:24 PM (445 views)
Zarif: Saudi Arabia and the UAE are inexperienced, reckless and arrogant
Baghdad / Sky Press
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the Saudi and UAE regimes were inexperienced and reckless.
"While Riyadh and Abu Dhabi claim that Tehran interferes in Arab affairs, these countries and ironically are waging a war against Yemen and besieging Qatar and supporting the coup against an elected government in Egypt," he said in an article in The Atlantic magazine.
He pointed out that «the Iranians live in a turbulent and unstable area, and although geography can not be changed, but the neighborhood has not always been so stormy, and without going into ancient history, it can be said that our region began to suffer from insecurity and instability when foreign forces began strange Intervene in the region ».
"The discovery of oil has strengthened the emergence of colonial power in the region, and cold war competition has fueled more intervention by foreign powers and superpowers. Instead of managing the plight or aspirations of their people, they have spent their wealth arming themselves, spending billions more to spread radical religious ideas, They supported non-governmental actors who spread chaos through terrorism and civil wars, as in Afghanistan, where Saudi Arabia and the UAE went so far as to officially recognize the Taliban as the government. "
"At the same time, the United States turned a blind eye to the ideology and funding that led to the establishment of al Qaeda and its modern factions scattered in various places, and to the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor."
He claimed that Iran's influence in the region was not spread at the expense of others, but as a result of the actions and actions of their Western allies and their mistakes and misguided choices, such as after the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein in Iraq. It was not Iran that prevented Saudi Arabia from opening an embassy in Baghdad for ten years after The fall of Saddam, and it was not Iran that insisted on the war with Yemen or the imposition of a ban on Qatar ».
"Qatar, despite its differences on a number of serious issues, is a neighbor that Iran does not want to see as unstable and whose independence is in doubt, while suffering from the domination of its great Saudi sister, and since we can not allow its blockade and strangulation, Have ports and air corridors that are most needed ».
In early October, high-level meetings were held in Qatar and Oman, followed by a summit with Turkey in Tehran that dealt with issues of paramount importance for the peace and stability of the region, It should be a strong hope for all that we can have similar interactions with our other neighbors. "
Saudi Arabia severed ties with Iran early last year after protesters stormed the Saudi embassy and consulates in Tehran and Mashhad respectively, after Riyadh executed a Shiite cleric, Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, among 47 terrorism suspects.