TEHRAN – The Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) slammed the Riyadh regime for its continued efforts to create and support Takfiri terrorist groups, saying the oil-rich kingdom uses petrodollars to lead “the world’s most active terrorist-producing factory," according to Tasnim News Agency .
In remarks released on Friday, Ali Shamkhani denounced recent comments made by some “novice and inexperienced Saudi officials” about the Arab country’s campaign against terrorism and said they are seeking to shirk their responsibility toward its massive support for Takfiri terrorism.
"Al Salman (the ruling family of Saudi King Salman) has created and is leading the world’s most active terrorist-producing factory in Saudi Arabia,” he noted.
The Iranian official went on to say that the Saudi rulers use petrodollars to support Wahhabi teachings which are based on hate, violence, and crimes.
Saudi undermines stability, calm in Mideast
Spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry Bahram Qassemi said on Friday dismissed the latest anti-Iran remarks by Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, stressing that not only has Riyadh not helped Middle East stability, but also fanned the flames of regional insecurity through its aggression against Yemen and support for terror groups operating in Syria, Press TV reported.
“The deluded and fallacious politicking of this Saudi official has reached the point that he, one of the main directors of the Saudi war on the innocent and defenseless Yemeni nation, and the manifestation of terror and horror in Syria, Bahrain and other regional and world countries, is accusing other regional states of terrorism in nonsensical statements and out of desperation,” Qassemi clarified.
He added that Tehran has repeatedly stated that the campaign against terrorism and attempts to establish stability in the Middle East region could only yield favorable results through strong determination, collective cooperation and participation of all regional states.
Iran as an active and peaceful campaigner is ready to offer any kind of regional cooperation or any initiative that ensures stability, Qassemi pointed out.
“The history of the Middle East will teach all, especially petrodollar-dependent states who have through the fantasy and illusion [of being able] to buy security moved to offer a green light to the intervention of foreign players, that they are making a huge mistake because previous interventions by trans-regional powers have only led to insecurity in countries and the states that have summoned the foreign powers,” the Iranian official commented.
The presence of foreign powers in the Middle East has brought about nothing but instability, division and escalation of terrorism and violence.
During a meeting between US Defense Secretary James Mattis and the Saudi deputy crown prince, who is Saudi Arabia’s defense minister, in Washington on Thursday, the pair discussed confronting Iran’s alleged "destabilizing regional activities,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
Saudi Arabia has been leading a deadly military campaign against Yemen since March 2015. The kingdom has also imposed an aerial and naval blockade on its southern neighbor.