Riyadh: Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al Jubeir urged the International community to step up pressure on the Iranian regime to change its destructive behaviour in the region, branding the Islamic Republic as “the largest sponsor of terrorism in the world.”
Addressing a session hosted by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament convened in Brussels, al Jubeir said Saudi Arabia has extended its hand to Iran since 1979 but has seen nothing “but death and destruction.”
“They [the Iranian regime] do not believe in the principle of non-interference. They are the largest sponsor of terrorism in the world, that’s why we have a problem with Iran,” he said
Speaking about the unprecedented protests in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon, al Jubeir said the Iranian regime is losing influence internally and regionally.
Al Jubeir reiterated Saudi the kingdom’s stance in support of a political settlement to end the war in Yemen.
“We have worked on de-escalation. The Houthis have reduced their missile attacks against Saudi Arabia. Military operations in Yemen are now substantially reduced - by 80 per cent. There have been confidence-building measures associated with ports and airports and exchange of prisoners.”
He said Saudi Arabia provided $14 billion to Yemen in economic and humanitarian assistance, “more than any country in the world”, but the Houthis stole that assistance.
Regarding the Qatar crisis, al Jubeir said the problem still exists and that “it is up to the Qatari brothers to come up with a change in their behaviour that would pave the way to move forward.