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Saudi King Urges Tehran to Drop Expansionist Plans

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Wed, 20 Nov 2019 15:37 GMT

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud called on Iran to give up its expansionist and destructive ambitions, which have harmed the Iranian people even more than others, the Saudi Foreign Ministry reported.

During his annual speech at the Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia (Shura Council), King Salman said Tehran’s abandonment of such behaviour would be its only way to de-escalate the international condemnation of its practices. 

King Salman confirmed that the Aramco oil facilities targeted in September were attacked with Iranian weapons, expressing hope that Iran would choose “wisdom.” 

“The Iranian regime has to know that it is facing serious choices and that each choice has resulting repercussions,” King Salman said. 

“The kingdom does not call for war,” said the Saudi monarch, adding that the country was, however, “fully prepared to defend its people with decisiveness against any aggression.” 

King Salman said Saudi Arabia had suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, which were recently upgraded to deliberate and systematic acts that aim at demolishing all chances of peace and security in the region. 

The king also expressed tribute to the “martyrs” who died to defend their “belief and their homeland,” as well as the injured and bereaved, promising to always take care of their families. 

Concerning ballistic missiles that have been launched against the kingdom since the Yemeni crisis started, King Salman said the kingdom had been targeted by 286 ballistic missiles as well as 289 drones, adding that such attacks did not manage to obstruct the country’s path towards development or affect the citizens’ lives. 

Saudi Arabia has always blamed the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen for such attacks. 

“We have been keen on proceeding with the developmental projects and creating new economic possibilities,” the king said. 

Speaking about the Yemeni crisis, King Salman expressed hope that the Riyadh Agreement, signed earlier in November between Yemeni parties, would allow further understanding between the Yemeni factions, in accordance with the references represented by the Gulf initiative. 

The Riyadh Agreement was signed by the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council (STC), in a bid to pave the way for a political settlement in the war-torn country. 

Saudi Arabia continues its efforts to support the Yemeni people, King Salman said, adding that it would also keep on backing the efforts of the United Nations envoy for Yemen, to reach a political solution to the Yemeni crisis. 

 

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