Iran’s Shamkhani Highlights Western Concern about Saudi Policies
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said Saudi Arabia’s brazen support for Takfiri terrorist groups has become a source of concern for many Western and regional governments.
A regular topic in talks with the officials of various Western and Middle East countries have been their “harsh criticism” of Saudi policies and their concerns about the kingdom’s measures to create and support terrorism, Shamkhani said at a meeting with Speaker of the People’s Council of Syria Hadiya Khalaf Abbas in Tehran on Wednesday.
The irony is that today, the biggest sponsors of Takfiri terrorism who have jeopardized world security are blatantly accusing Iran of threatening peace, Shamkhani deplored.
He also described instrumental use of terrorism as a “fixed policy” of the Zionist regime of Israel and Saudi rulers.
For her part, the Syrian speaker pointed to Israel’s logistical and military support for the terrorist groups fighting against the Damascus government, saying such backing reveals “close bonds between Israel and Takfiri terrorism” for the purpose of destabilizing the region.
Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL), currently controlling parts of it.
According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.