News ID: 235197
Published: 0307 GMT December 03, 2018

Qassemi: Saudi Arabia not ready to restore ties with Iran

Qassemi: Saudi Arabia not ready to restore ties with Iran

‘Iran willing to improve relations with neighbors’

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said it doesn’t seem that Saudi Arabia is ready to restore relations with Iran because they are living and making judgement with delusions from the past.

Responding to a question about Riyadh’s readiness to reinstate its relations with Tehran, Qassemi said Saudi Arabia is not willing to change course even though it continues to pay the price for its mistakes, leaving little to hope for in terms of improving ties, IRNA reported.   

Qassemi said Tehran welcomes a more stable Middle East but there are no indications that the regime in Riyadh is ready to take on a more constructive role in the region.

“Iran’s policy in the region and towards its neighbors has always been clear and any country that is willing to improve ties will get a positive answer from Iran,” he told reporters, Press TV reported.

Iran has time and again called on Riyadh to abandon its destabilizing policies and work towards resolving regional conflicts.

Saudi Arabia stands accused of propping up terrorist groups wreaking havoc in Syria while also providing support to separatist groups that have carried out attacks against the Iranian people.

The Saudi regime is also facing growing international criticism over the actions of its de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Besides waging a deadly war on Yemen, which has prompted a backlash from even Riyadh’s closest Western allies, bin Salman has put the Saudi regime into more trouble by probably ordering the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Kahshoggi.


US psychological warfare


Qassemi also dismissed as “psychological warfare” a lawsuit at a US court that seeks to hold Iran responsible for the deaths and injuries of US soldiers in Iraq.

During the three-day trial, which begins on Monday, a group of US veterans and their families will sue Iran for the deaths and injuries caused by what they claim to have been “Iranian weapons” in Iraq.

“This is part of the psychological warfare that the US is always in pursuit of in different ways,” Qassemi said, noting that the “baseless” accusations are only meant to spread Iranophobia.

“Iran has always played a constructive role in fighting terror in the region, specifically in Iraq,” he added.

Qassemi said Iraq is still suffering from the “widespread humanitarian atrocities” that resulted from America’s actions, including its 2003 invasion of the Arab country.




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