The visit of Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah to Iran last Sunday didn’t succeed in paving the way for Saudi-Iranian understanding and reconciliation, diplomatic sources revealed.
Iranians appeared tougher in attitude towards Saudi Arabia and with the possibility of a meeting with them, and focused on the question of Saudi-Iranian relations with regards to Saudi intervention in supporting extreme Islamist terrorist movements fighting in Syria, sources said.
Iranian media also reported that the Supreme Leader of the Iranian Revolution Ali Khamenei confirmed that the region will pay a heavy price for their support of Jihadists who fight the Syrian regime. He added that unfortunately some countries, hinting at Saudi Arabia, did not pay attention to the danger posed by the Takfiri groups on its future and still provide them support.
He added, some countries in the region supply aid and assist the massacres and crimes being committed in Syria committed by Takfiri groups, clarifying that there is no doubt that the danger of these groups will apply to the supporting countries in the foreseeable future, and will force the countries to eliminate them at a heavy price.
The Kuwaiti minister flew from Tehran directly to Riyadh to attend and preside over a meeting of foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and discuss the outcomes of the Kuwaiti talks with Iran. The talks resulted in the signing of six joint cooperation agreements between the two countries, the most important of which was in the area of security cooperation.
The Kuwaiti Foreign Minister in his press conference was unable to give satisfactory answers in regards to the issue of Saudi-Iranian relations, and the visit merely achieved an establishment of relations in order to safeguard the region in the face of regional gulf differences; Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain’s differences with Qatar. Sources said that, “the ministers discussed the issue with the committee specialising in the case of Qatar, and there were good responses, with definite progress being made, we only need time before we announce our agreement.”
When asked about the differences between the Gulf states, the Kuwaiti Foreign Minister said that everything possible had been done to achieve reconciliation. He said the Gulf welcomes the election of Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi as president of Egypt, and the completion of presidential elections to complete the future road map. The statement reiterated the positive, transparent and fair atmosphere found between the two presidential candidates, and the minister affirmed their support of their sister state Egypt.
On the developments of Libya, the Gulf minister called for restraint and for the adoption of national reconciliation in an effort to build state institutions. They also welcomed the formation of the national unity government in Palestine and reaffirmed their position on Syria. He said the upcoming elections in Syria undermine Arab and international efforts employed to resolve the crisis peacefully.