Tuesday, 14 January, 2020

Saudi Arabia claims Trump visit is a step to halt Iran!

By Vahid Jafarian, Editorial Board Member

Government and diplomatic circles in Saudi Arabia have welcomed the announcement of the first official visit by US President Donald Trump as a significant step towards alleged ”combating terrorism and countering Iran.”

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, who is visiting Washington, attributed to the ‘merits’ and ‘great efforts’ of the Deputy Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, that Trump’s first international trip as a president is to this Muslim country, said the Saudi Foreign Ministry.

On the other hand, the official channel Al-Arabiya and the state agency SPA claimed that the visit of May 23 to Riyadh could mark the beginning of the construction of the new foundations to combat terrorism.

In fact, during his stay in this Arab nation - from where he will then visit Israel, the main American ally in the Middle East, and the Vatican - the Republican leader will meet with representatives of other Arab countries of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Many Saudis hope that Donald Trump takes a tougher line on Iran and according to an earlier report released by The National Interest, Trump’s business and personal ties with the kingdom make many Saudis optimistic that Trump shares their hostile view of Iran.

This comes as Iran is not a state that sponsors, funds, or foments terrorism, while Saudi Arabia- America’s friend and ally- is.

Saudi Arabia, where 15 of the 9/11 hijackers came from and which has been a funding source for extremist groups, dominates above all other nations as a supplier of suicide bombers and its royal family dominates as the world’s top financial backer of Al Qaeda and other terror groups.

Accoreing to analysts, the Saud family are enemies of the American people, but to both Democratic and Republican Administrations, the Saud family, the Saudi government, are America’s ‘allies’. Consequently, Donald Trump, like his predecessor, Obama, blames Iran, not Saudi Arabia — not the royal Sauds, who own Saudi Arabia — for Islamic terrorism.

Trump visit’s announcement came as Iran’s ambassador and permanent representative to the UN, Gholamali Khoshroo, bluntly refuted the ‘arbitrary and provocative’ pronouncements by the Deputy Crown Prince and Second Deputy Prime Minister.

In a two-page letter of protest to the U.N. Security Council and to Secretary General António Guterres, Iran’s ambassador, Gholamali Khoshroo said: “While completely rejecting his allegations against my country, I emphasize that these statements are unveiled threats against the Islamic Republic of Iran.” He called it a violation of Article 2 of the United Nations Charter. Khoshroo also accused Riyadh of being behind the latest killing of Iranian border guards in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan Province.

Separately, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghassemi had called the Saudi prince’s remarks unhelpful and blamed Riyadh for regional instability. “Such comments are clear evidence that the Saudis promote terrorism and pursue provocative and destructive policies regarding the region and Iran affairs,” he said.

The Iranian response came after Mohammed, who is also the Kingdom’s defense minister, said in a television interview that Riyadh would not seek dialogue with Tehran because the latter was attempting to take over the Muslim world.  The prince stressed that “we won’t wait for the battle to be in Saudi Arabia,” and instead “we’ll work so that the battle is for them in Iran.”

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