Saudi king urges Iran to quit 'harmful' expansionism

21 Novembre, 2019, 16:10 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Washington and Riyadh blame Tehran for the September attacks

Iran continues to pose a threat the security of the region through various activities, including the attack on oil and natural gas facilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on September 14, Trump told the Congressional leadership in a letter on Tuesday.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

"We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realises there is no way to overcome the worldwide position that rejects its practises, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people", the king told the consultative Shura Council.

He also said the oil policy of the kingdom, the world's top oil exporter, is aimed at promoting market stability.

Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Iran are locked in a decades-long struggle for influence across the region, supporting opposing sides in conflicts from Syria to Yemen.

Tensions have risen since US President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of an historic nuclear deal with Iran and world powers past year and reimposed punishing economic sanctions on Tehran. Tehran denies any involvement.

Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in the conflict in 2015, shortly after the Huthis took over the capital Sanaa.

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Tensions have soared between Riyadh and Tehran after a recent string of assaults on oil tankers and installations in the Gulf.

He said he hoped a recent agreement signed in Riyadh between two coalition-backed parties that had fallen out would open the door to broader peace talks.

The attacks were claimed by the Huthis, but Washington and Riyadh said Iran was responsible, and that the strikes were carried out with advanced missiles and drones.

Authorities did not give a reason for the shift from previous years when the speech was broadcast live.

While reiterating long-standing support for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, the king did not refer to a US decision this week in effect to back Israel's building of settlements in the occupied West Bank.

However, the foreign ministry in a statement Wednesday said Saudi Arabia completely rejected Washington's stance, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

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