Iran accuses Saudi Arabia of supporting terrorism

After the Saudi deputy crown prince accused Iran of attempting to dominate the Muslim world, Tehran is firing back by accusing the kingdom of supporting terrorism and seeking to increase tensions in the region.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Photo Credit: EPA

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi accused Saudi Arabia on Wednesday of seeking to increase the tensions in the region and supporting terrorism, according to Reuters. Qasemi’s comments come just one day after Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, son of Saudi King Salman, said that he plans to protect his country from Tehran’s efforts to control the Muslim world.

The deputy crown prince also ruled out any possibility of his country entering a direct dialogue with Iran. Responding to these comments, Qasemi told Iranian state media that the Saudi official’s statements show that Riyadh supports terrorism and is trying to implement policies in the region that will only lead to confrontations.

Iran and Saudi Arabia are two of the most powerful countries in the region. However, they do not have any diplomatic relations at the moment as Riyadh severed all diplomatic ties with Tehran in 2016 after its embassy was stormed by protesters following the execution of Shi'ite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia.

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