IRGC Commander: Wrong Policies to Bury Al-Saud Like Avalanche – Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier …
“The al-Saud regime acts like political refugees and is actually a political refugee for the Americans but the policies that they have adopted today are like a pressure domino and political avalanche which will bury the Saudi regime,” Salami said, addressing a ceremony in Tehran on Thursday to commemorate the martyrdom of Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr by Saudi Arabia.
“If the Saudis don’t correct the path, they will soon face collapse and full downfall in the next few years,” he added.
In relevant remarks on Wednesday, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani expressed regret that Saudi Arabia, as a large Muslim country, is embarking on decisions and acts which further spread sectarian tensions in the region and endanger Islamic countries’ interests.
“Execution of a religious figure (prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr) who sought proximity among Islamic faiths and demanded the Saudi rulers to show care for popular demands is regretting and unacceptable and a result of sectarian policies,” Shamkhani said in a meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari in Tehran.
“Inexperienced Saudi officials’ ignorance and heedlessness towards Muslims and Islamic countries’ interests, and utilizing the capacities of a Muslim world nation for destroying and killing Muslims is a surprising and an unacceptable approach,” he added.
Jaafari, for his part, condemned execution of Sheikh Nimr, and said all Islamic countries should prioritize fight against Takfiri terrorism and mobilize their capacities to establish security and stability in those countries and regions threatened by terrorism.
Also yesterday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif rapped Saudi Arabia for killing religious figures and severing ties with Tehran, and said Riyadh should stop those of its measures that exacerbate tensions in the region.
“Unfortunately, Saudi Arabia hasn’t reciprocated the measures adopted by the Islamic Republic to create understanding and brotherhood in the region and to fight terrorism in the past two years, and has supported this danger (terrorism) instead,” Zarif said in a joint press conference with Jaafari in Tehran.
He referred to Saudi Arabia’s mischiefs in recent years, including attempts to disturb the nuclear talks between Tehran and the world powers, decrease oil prices and execution of Sheikh Nimr, which he described as “unjustifiable”, and said Iran has shown tolerance vis-a-vis all these moves.
“The Islamic Republic believes that creating tension in the region isn’t an indicator of power but shows weakness and should be responded by magnanimity, but unfortunately, our attitude wasn’t reciprocated properly by Saudi Arabia; this trend of stirring tensions should stop.”
Zarif expressed the hope that all the regional countries would understand the common danger posed to them and avoid increasing tensions.
Also, on Tuesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined that Saudi Arabia seeks to divert the public opinion from its cruel beheading of Sheikh 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, 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.
Also, on Monday, IRGC Deputy Commander 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.
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.
Source: Fars News Agency
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