Saudi Arabia seeks to ratchet up pressure against Iran

Tuesday, 21 Nov, 2017

Earlier on Thursday, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister also urged the global community to slap fresh sanctions against Iran, accusing its regional rival of supporting terrorism.

Both Saudi Arabia and Israel view arch-foe Iran as a main threat to the Middle East, and increased tension between Tehran and Riyadh has fuelled speculation that shared interests may push Saudi Arabia and Israel to work together. Relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran have been rocky since the 1979 Iranian revolution.

The Iranian minister posted his tweet following a new round of talks with his Russian and Turkish counterparts, Sergey Lavrov and Mevlut Cavusoglu, respectively.

A senior Israeli official has said Tel Aviv has "partly covert" ties with "many Muslim and Arab countries", including Riyadh.

The Arab foreign ministers' meeting were also important with the recent resignation of Lebanese PM Saad Hariri in a surprise announcement made from Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia yesterday asked fellow Arab nations to take a "serious and honest" stand against Iran, saying that showing leniency toward Tehran would only encourage it to press on with its "aggression" and "meddling" in the internal affairs of Arab countries, the Associate Press reported yesterday.

After French intervention, Hariri flew to France and met French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Saturday.

Despite being Sunni, Hamas has always been seen as an ally of Iran.

Al-Jubeir also described the situation in Lebanon as "unfortunate" and went on to accuse Hezbollah of "hijacking the system" and putting "roadblocks" in front of Hariri at every opportunity.

"Firing the ballistic missiles toward Riyadh and the bombing of oil pipeline in Bahrain are all unsafe developments emanating from the Iranian agenda", Al-Mekhlafi continued.

The Lebanese envoy to the Arab League, Antoine Azzam, made carefully weighed comments at the meeting that reflected his country's delicate religious and ethnic balance. A third source familiar with the situation said Saudi Arabia was controlling and limiting his movement.

Iran has been helping Iraq and Syria with military advisors in their fight against Daesh (IS) and other terrorist groups. United States weapons drop to terrorists was also caught in camera in Iraq. Syria and Iraq have been alleging these countries for their hand-in-glove role in spreading terrorism in the region.

He also repeated: "Everyone recognizes the uniqueness of the Lebanese political structure, and no one at all wishes to harm Lebanon or turn its lands into a stage for any Arab-Iranian conflict".

"The contacts with the moderate Arab world, including with Saudi Arabia, help us to stop Iran".

"There is an opportunity for a new worldwide alliance in the region", Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot told the paper, adding that Tel Aviv wanted to "exchange intelligence to confront Iran".