Iranian Foreign Minister hits out at Saudi Arabia

Iranian Foreign Minister hits out at Saudi Arabia

ISLAMABAD - Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif rejected accusations that Tehran is sponsoring terrorism in the region, suggesting that the actions of Saudi Arabia and the US have led to “dangerous escalations” in the Middle East.

Speaking to CNBC's Hadley Gamble at the Doha Forum in Qatar, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif dismissed claims that Iran is the cause of instability in the Middle East.

Zarif noted that the instability in the region was caused by "the wrong policies that are being followed, not only by Saudi Arabia but by its allies in the West who have given it a blank check to continue to make these very dangerous escalations."

He referred to the four-year-long civil war in Yemen which the UN has called the “world's worst humanitarian crisis.” Saudi Arabia has blamed Yemen's Houthi rebels for the crisis, charging them with receiving support from Tehran, while Iran has accused the Saudi-led bombing campaign of contributing to thousands of deaths.

Earlier today Zarif reiterated that Iran has never provided weapons to the Houthis, noting that Saudi Arabia is interested in increasing tensions in the region, with the minister highlighting the examples of the blockade of Qatar and the military operation in Yemen as proof.