Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has urged Muslims across the world, including those from Saudi Arabia, to remain united in order to prevail over the US and Israel.
“Today, the Muslim world is alone and Muslims should join hands. Relying on outsiders is the biggest historical mistake. Today, there is no way for Muslims except unity and solidarity and if we unite, we can undoubtedly score a victory against the Zionists and the Americans,” he said at the 32nd International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran.
Commenting on the ties with Saudi Arabia, another major power in the Middle East which has been called Tehran’s rival, he stressed that Iranian people perceive them as their “brothers”, and that Tehran is ready to defend Saudi Arabia’s interests against “terrorism, aggressors and superpowers” without expecting anything in return.
“We will not even request a $450 billion deal from you and will not insult you as we consider you to be our brothers and view the nations of the region and the people of Mecca and Medina as our brothers,” Rouhani pointed out.
Iran and have been long-time rivals for dominance in the Middle East, where they support opposite sides in the conflicts still underway in Syria and Yemen.
Saudi Arabia cut off diplomatic ties with Iran in January 2016 following protests in front of its diplomatic premises in Tehran and Mashhad. The protests were prompted by the execution of top Iranian Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, along with 42 other people convicted of terrorism by Riyadh.
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