Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir mocks Iranian Foreign Minister
RIYADH - Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir mocks Iranian Foreign Minister Javed Zarif over his latest statements against Saudi Arabia and the Yemen war scenario after the deadly attacks in Kingdom.
Any loans to Iran or engagement by the international community represent “appeasement,” Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs Adel al-Jubeir claimed, accusing Iran of aggressive behaviour.
Iran’s recent warnings to Saudi Arabia are “ridiculous” and “laughable,” al-Jubeir told CNBC amid ongoing investigations in Saudi Arabia, who suspects Iran to be responsible for a major attack on its oil facilities. He spoke out after Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said in an interview Friday that he hoped to avoid conflict, but that Iran was prepared for “all-out war” in the event of an attack by Saudi or US forces, asking whether Saudi Arabia was ready to fight “to the last American soldier.”
“This is not the first time Iran’s foreign minister has said something ridiculous and frankly laughable,” al-Jubeir told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble in Riyadh on Saturday. “The attack that Iran conducted was an attack against the whole world, not just Saudi Arabia. And now they’re trying to justify it, they’re trying to find ways to create divides.”
The minister stressed that Saudi Arabia, who was criticized for having failed to effectively counter the drone and missile attacks, was responsible for its own defences, while stressing the international community’s role in reining in what he called Iran’s “aggressive behaviour.”