The Iranian president says the US and Israel are trying to drive a wedge between Iran and Saudi Arabia, a day after Riyadh denied claims it will allow Israel to use its airspace to attack Iran.
“Undoubtedly, the US and the Zionist regime are the enemies of Iran and Saudi Arabia, so they are trying to create a gap between Tehran and Riyadh,” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday.
He made the remark in a meeting with Saudi Arabia’s new ambassador to Tehran Mohammad bin Abbas al-Kalabi.
On Saturday, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted a Foreign Ministry official as denying a report by The Times that Saudi Arabia had agreed to allow Israeli jets to use the kingdom’s airspace for an aerial attack on Iranian nuclear sites.
The Iranian president further said, “The US and the Zionist regime will harm all the countries in the region [Middle East] if they get the chance.”
Ahmadinejad called for unity between the two Muslim states and said, “If Iran and Saudi Arabia stand by each other in regional issues, the enemies do not dare do any act of aggression against Muslims in the world.”
Israel has repeatedly threatened to bomb Iran’s nuclear installations. Iran says it will a give a crushing response to any act of aggression against the country.