Iran rejects Saudi-Egyptian claim of Tehran’s interference in domestic Arab affairs
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has rejected allegations by Saudi Arabia and Egypt that Tehran interferes in the internal affairs of Arab countries.
“The claim of Iran’s interference in [the domestic affairs of] regional countries… by any side is condemned,” Qassemi said in a statement on Wednesday, Press TV reported.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has always regarded neighboring countries as a top priority in its foreign policy and has been making efforts to help settle regional disputes, promote convergence and establish security and stability in the region,” he added.
Qassemi’s remarks came a day after a joint Saudi-Egyptian statement, part of which accused Iran of interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries.
Separately on Wednesday, Qassemi also rejected an allegation by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian who told parliament’s foreign affairs committee that Iran had sent weapons to Yemen.
The French minister on Tuesday sidestepped questions on whether his country should end weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates because they were being used in Yemen, claiming that Iran also had “lots” of weapons there.
Iranian officials have on numerous occasions rejected allegations of sending weapons to war-hit Yemen, which is under a Saudi blockade.
“This crisis (Yemen war) was initiated with the Saudi aggression and continues with weapons provided by France and other extra-regional countries,” Qassemi said, adding that the Yemen war had killed, injured and displaced hundreds of thousands of people and ruined the Arab country’s infrastructure.
He recommended that French officials be accountable to the country’s public opinion about the sale of advanced weapons to aggressors involved in the Yemen war, including Saudi Arabia, instead of playing a blame game and accusing others of creating crises in the region.
Iran has on numerous occasions clarified its stance vis-à-vis the war in Yemen, Qassemi said, stressing, “Iran has no weapons whatsoever in Yemen and all know that Yemen is under a full blockade by aggressors.”
“We advise officials of those countries [accusing Iran of sending weapons to Yemen] to… adopt a realistic approach and gain a true understanding of realities on the ground in the region to help put an end to the [Saudi] aggression and restore peace, stability and security to the region,” he added.