Iran’s threat to the region can no longer be tolerated: Al-Jubeir

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Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir speaking at the Mediterranean Dialogues Conference on the future of the Mediterranean here on Friday.
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir speaking at the Mediterranean Dialogues Conference on the future of the Mediterranean here on Friday.

Saudi Gazette report

ROME — Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said, “Iran is a threat to the entire region and its aggression can no longer be tolerated.”

Al-Jubeir made these comments during a discussion at the Mediterranean Dialogues Conference on the future of the Mediterranean here on Friday.

Tehran believes in exporting revolution, Al-Jubeir added, saying it does not respect other countries’ sovereignty.

Al-Jubeir called on other countries to be tough on Iran, adding that it must be deprived of the tools it uses to threaten the region and the world.

Iran is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to build its nuclear weapons, but it doesn’t take care of its people, he added.

“Nobody is talking about a regime change in Iran. The solution is to have a negotiating table and agree on a better JCPOA, stop of interference into other countries and behaviors towards terrorism,” Al-Jubeir said.

On the Qatar issue, Al-Jubeir said, “A change in the situation with Qatar is subject to steps that need to be taken by it. The Qataris know what these steps are.”

“Saudi Arabia have a common history with Qatar and we have a common destiny, but there are necessary steps that need to be taken,” he added.

In relation to the Kingdom's relationship with the United States, Al-Jubeir said that Saudi Arabia would work with Washington to “counter Iranian interference as we have fought together against terrorism.”

“People talk of a US disengagement from the region. While they redeploy from Iraq they’re sending more troops to Saudi Arabia. Their presence is welcome, because they’re our allies” he said.

Speaking on the situation in Yemen, Al-Jubeir said that the only solution in Yemen is a political solution. We support the legitimate government and the creation of new institutions that can be representative of all Yemenis.

“Yemen is of particular importance to us, and Iran’s intervention there is devastating. The only solution in Yemen is political, and the Houthis are the ones who started the war, not us.”

“All Yemenis, including the Houthis, have a role in the future of Yemen,” he added.


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