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Iran Says It Doesn’t Care for Severance of Ties with Pro-Saudi States

5 January 2016 16:41



Iran’s government spokesman downplayed Saudi Arabia and its little allies’ cutting or downgrading relations with Tehran following a spat between Riyadh and Tehran over the criminal beheading of a Shiite leader.

Mohammad Baqer Nobakht descrbied Saudi Arabia as a small-size state that needs to rally support to be seen on regional or global stage, “but we don’t need to form any such coalition” because Iran is already a major state and key player in the region.

“A large number of important world states have queued for expanding relations with us,” he continued.

“What could be Saudi Arabia’s share when we are developing relations with many countries,” he asked.

Nobakht underlined that cutting bilateral relations with Saudi Arabia and some other small countries which are dependent on Riyadh for their survival doesn’t affect Iran since Tehran enjoys extensive ties with different world states, reminding that a senior 60-member European delegation is already in Tehran to expand ties and cooperation with Iran.

In relevant remarks today, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined that Saudi Arabia seeks to divert the public opinion from its cruel beheading of prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr through diplomatic tumult with Tehran, and called on advocates of human rights to break silence on Riyadh’s crimes.

Speaking in a meeting with the Danish foreign minister in Tehran on Tuesday, President Rouhani referred to the execution of Sheikh Nimr and 46 others for criticizing the Saudi government, and said, “Criticism shouldn’t be punished by beheading and we hope that the European countries which always show reaction to the human rights issues comply with their human rights responsibilities in this regard too.”

“Of course, the Saudi government has embarked on a surprising action and cut off its political relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran to cap its crime of beheading a religious leader in the country while there is no doubt that such measures cannot cover up that big crime,” he added.

The Saudi interior ministry announced on Saturday that it has executed Sheikh Nimr and 46 others. After the news was released, angry Iranian protestors stormed the Saudi embassy following which Riyadh announced severing diplomatic ties with Iran.

President Rouhani described talks and diplomacy as the best way to settle the countries’ differences, and said the current conditions in the region need cooperation among all countries to save the country from the threat of terrorism.

“Tehran is ready to cooperate with other countries, including the EU states, to fight against terrorism,” he stressed.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir announced on Sunday that the country had severed diplomatic ties with Tehran and gave the Iranian diplomats 48 hours to leave the country.

Yesterday, Deputy Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) for Political Affairs Brigadier General Rasoul Sanayee Raad said Saudi Arabia is no big deal and Iran cared to maintain its relations with Riyadh only for ideological reasons.

“Instead of acting upon his responsibility and responding to the public opinion on issues like unfair attack against the Muslim country of Yemen, interference in Bahrain, scandalous support for the Takfiri streams, including the ISIL, Boko Haram and regional terrorists, which have all been very clearly revealed to everyone and even its meddling in our country’s internal affairs by contacts with the weak, but pretentious and terrorist, grouplets in Southeastern Iran, the young and nervous Saudi foreign minister has actually tried to project the blame on others after the martyrdom of Ayatollah Nimr,” Sanayee Raad told FNA on Monday.

He underlined that if it hadn’t been for brotherly and ideological issues in the Muslim world, Iran would have never cared for its relations with Saudi Arabia which is entangled in dire security, political and economic problems.

Sanayee Raad downplayed Riyadh’s claim that it will stand against Iran, and described them as a bluff for a country which hires marines and forces from other states to continue war in Yemen.

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