The Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel Al Jubeir, on Monday October 21st discussed his country’s current foreign policy and position amid regional challenges at an event hosted by the Royal Institute for International Affairs, Chatham House, in London.
Commenting on the September Saudi Aramco attacks, Al Jubeir said that the European Union (EU) took the correct position, blaming Tehran for the attacks against two oil facilities owned by the Saudi energy giant Aramco.
“Iran does not respect other states’ sovereignty and international law,” said the Saudi foreign minister.
Al Jubeir confirmed his country’s possession of clear evidence that Tehran was involved in the September oil attacks. The minister said that these attacks expose Iran’s hostile intentions towards the region, adding that Tehran has interfered in the internal affairs of several Arab states.
The minister highlighted a number of flaws in the nuclear deal brokered between Iran and the Western powers in 2015 such as overlooking Iran’s ballistic missiles activities and hostile regional interventions.
“We cannot stand idly before these attacks,” he said. He added, however, that “We do not seek a war with Iran as it will be destructive for the whole region.”
The Saudi minister said that there is an international consensus on Tehran’s support for terrorist activities, as the country was a haven for al-Qaeda terrorist leaders after the September 11 attacks.
When asked about his country’s stance on the UK’s Brexit issue, Al Jubeir said that his country has “strategic” relations with Britain that will remain whether Britain left or stayed in the EU.
Al Jubeir also discussed his country’s efforts to curb terrorism in the Middle East, which includes actions like dismissing and jailing imams who preach and promote extremism and hatred, closing charities that fund terrorism in the region, and introducing a law that prohibits public fund-raising.
Al Jubeir confirmed his country’s strategic relations with China and the fact that the Arabian Gulf is considered to be China’s main source of energy.
On the current Lebanese unrest, Al Jubeir said that his country will continue its support for the Lebanese economy.