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Iran slams Saudi FM allegations of terror support

9 September 2016 5:43

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Iran has dismissed the Saudi foreign minister’s baseless accusation that Tehran “backs terrorism,” saying the ringleaders of terror groups such as al-Qaeda and Daesh are in fact guided by Takfiri Wahhabism preached in the kingdom.

Bahram Qassemi, the spokesman of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, was reacting on Thursday to recent remarks by Adel al-Jubeir, who rehashed the claim that Tehran is supporting the al-Qaeda terror network and terrorism, in general.

Jubeir, who was speaking during a visit to London on Wednesday, also accused the Islamic Republic of interfering in the affairs of other countries, including Yemen and Syria.

The Iranian official said Jubeir’s “ridiculous and repetitious” allegations come while senior figures of such terror groups as Taliban, al-Qaeda and Daesh, which are wreaking havoc and slaughtering people, are either Saudi citizens or influenced by the extremist Wahhabi ideology dominant in the kingdom.

“This is a bitter reality to which the entire world and the conscience of all humankind are gradually waking up,” Qassemi added.

The Iranian official added that the Al Saud regime keeps accusing others of meddling in the domestic affairs of their neighbors, while Riyadh, itself, has long been waging a “cruel, destructive and sinister” war against innocent civilians in Yemen.

The ongoing unrest plaguing the Middle East and the oppression of innocent people in the region are rooted in such foreign interference, said Qassemi, adding that the policies pursued by the supporters of extremist ideologies merely fuel the chaos.

This is not the first time the Saudi foreign minister levels such accusations against Iran.

In July, Qassemi slammed the Saudi regime as “the founding father” of terror groups like al-Qaeda and Daesh in response to Jubeir, who had accused the Islamic Republic of supporting terrorism back then.

Al Saud rearingTakfiri terrorists

The Al Saud regime has been under fire for nurturing and exporting the radical Wahhabism ideology, which serves as a basis for the creeds of Takfiri groups operating across the Middle East.

Many observers say the rulers in Riyadh use Daesh and al-Qaeda-linked militants as proxies in pursuit of its own objectives in the region, particularly in Syria, where Riyadh has been seeking to facilitate the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Meanwhile, Takfiri terror groups have many sympathizers inside Saudi Arabia. There have been reports of fundraising campaigns active in the kingdom in support of Daesh, with the rulers refusing to stop such money donations.

In July, the US government released a report on the 9/11 terror attacks, hinting at Saudi Arabia’s support for terrorist activities in the US and other countries.

The document, which angered Riyadh, indicated that the regime’s “officials in the United States may have other ties to al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups.”

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