Iran’s Zarif: Saudi regime spreading terrorism in region, world

ظریف جدی

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif slammed the Riyadh regime for its continued supports for terrorist groups in the Middle East, saying that Saudis have caused huge suffering for regional nations through “spreading” terrorism.

"The unlimited obstinacy, stupidity, fanaticism, and wealth of Saudi rulers, have made the Al Saud regime cruel and irrational,” Zarif said in a message issued on Sunday on the occasion of the first anniversary of the deadly crush of people during the last year’s Hajj rituals in Mina, near the Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca, which claimed the lives of over 7,000 pilgrims, including 465 Iranians.

“By producing, breeding and spreading terrorism, it (the Riyadh regime) has plagued the region and the world with the most tragic and atrocious conditions in recent history…,” he noted.

Not only in Mina tragedy but also in all crises that have engulfed the “sensitive” parts of the Middle East, including Bahrain, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq, “some evil hands” can be seen, the top diplomat said, referring to the Saudi crimes in the region.

In recent years, the Middle East region has been plagued with Takfiri terrorist groups like Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL), which are believed to have been created and supported by the West and Saudi Arabia.

Zarif further made assurances that the Iranian Foreign Ministry will make every effort to restore the rights of the bereaved families of the Iranian victims of the Mina tragedy.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has always had a sense of duty to protect the life, dignity and the assets of every Iranian national abroad, he said.

The deadly crush of Hajj pilgrims in Mina in September 2015 marked the worst ever tragedy during Hajj.

In a message on the occasion earlier last week, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei strongly slammed “murderous” Saudi rulers for refusing to allow an international probe into last year’s deadly Mina crush, urging Muslims to “correctly understand their (Saudis’) blasphemous, faithless, dependent and materialistic nature".

“Several thousand families from different countries lost their loved ones and their nations were bereaved. From the Islamic Republic, close to five hundred people were among the martyrs. The hearts of their families are still broken and bereaved and our people remain grief-stricken and angry," the Leader said.

“Instead of apology and remorse and judicial prosecution of those who were directly at fault in that horrifying event, Saudi rulers- with utmost shamelessness and insolence- refused to allow the formation of an international Islamic fact-finding committee.”

Ayatollah Khamenei further stressed, "The world of Islam, including Muslim governments and peoples, must familiarize themselves with the Saudi rulers and correctly understand their blasphemous, faithless, dependent and materialistic nature. They must not let those rulers escape responsibility for the crimes they have caused throughout the world of Islam."