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Saudi foreign minister says Iran main sponsor of global terror

February 19, 2017 at 12:06 pm

File photo of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (3rd R) talking with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia, Adel al-Jubeir (2nd L) during G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting in Bonn, Germany on February 16, 2017 [Cem Özdel / Anadolu Agency]

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Sunday rejected Iranian calls for dialogue saying Tehran was the main sponsor of terrorism in the world, a destabilising force in the Middle East and wanted to “destroy us.”

“Iran remains the single main sponsor of terrorism in the world,” Adel al-Jubeir told delegates at the Munich Security Conference. He added:

It’s determined to upend the order in Middle East … (and) until and unless Iran changes its behaviour it would be very difficult to deal with a country like this.

Al-Jubeir said Iran was propping up the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, funding the Houthi separatists in Yemen and violent groups across the region. He said the international community needed to set clear “red lines” to halt Iran’s actions.

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