Why we behave the way we do in Middle East – Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir said on Thursday the kingdom’s actions in the Middle East were a response to what he called the “aggression” of Iran.

Long-standing arch-rivals, Riyadh and Tehran are waging a contest for power on several fronts across the region, notably in Yemen and Lebanon.

“Any way you look at it, they (the Iranians) are the ones who are acting in an aggressive manner. We are reacting to that aggression and saying, ‘Enough is enough.

“We’re not going to let you do this anymore,” Mr. Jubeir told Reuters in an interview.

He said Saudi Arabia was consulting its allies about what leverage to use against Lebanese Shi‘ite militant group Hezbollah, an Iranian ally, to end its dominance in the small Mediterranean nation and intervention in other countries.

“We will make the decision when the time comes,” he said, declining to detail what options were under consideration.

Mr. Jubeir said Hezbollah, which he described as a subsidiary of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, must disarm and become a political party for Lebanon to stabilise.

“Whenever we see a problem, we see Hezbollah act as an arm or agent of Iran and this has to come to an end,” he said after meeting his French counterpart in Riyadh.

Saad al-Hariri, a Saudi ally, resigned as Lebanon’s prime minister on November 4, citing an assassination plot and accusing Iran and Hezbollah of sowing strife in the region.

In Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is involved in a two-year-old war and has been criticised for blocking humanitarian aid, Mr. Jubeir accused the Iran-aligned Houthis of besieging civilian areas and preventing supplies from coming in or out.

“That’s why you have the starvation that’s taking place in Yemen and people need to do a more serious job of holding Houthis accountable for this,” he said.

Mr. Jubeir said domestic anti-corruption investigations which have netted senior princes, officials and businessmen in the past two weeks were ongoing.



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  • The Optimist

    Puppet Saudi!

    • marcos avelino

      Mr trump is the puppet after they bribed him and his son in law – before the election he was lambasting the saudis – now he is their biggest trumpeter

  • thusspokez

    When has any Arab country ever won a war against non-Arab country? Saudi Arabia has money and lots of big-boys toys sold to it by the West, but as a fighting force, they are useless. Saudi Arabia will be no match for Iran. In the event of war between the two countries, Saudi Arabia would probably be hoping in recruiting mercenaries from Senegal, Pakistan, and from its Arab allies with their hopeless armies. Anyway, war in the Middle East will be good for oil price and Nigeria’s oil revenue.