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Israel PM’s office leaks Saudi minister’s anti-Iran speech

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia Adel al-Jubeir in Istanbul, Turkey on 18 May 2018 [Arif Hüdaverdi Yaman/Anadolu Agency]
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia Adel al-Jubeir in Istanbul, Turkey on 18 May 2018 [Arif Hüdaverdi Yaman/Anadolu Agency]

The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday leaked a video of a speech made by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir behind closed doors during this week’s Warsaw Conference.

During video – which was likely taken by a mobile camera – Al-Jubeir said that the “destabilising activities of Iran makes it difficult to organise the region,” the New Khalij reported.

In the video, which was posted on Netanyahu’s YouTube channel before being quickly deleted, Al-Jubeir said: “The Iranian regime has no morals because it targets diplomats and detonates embassies.” He continued by pondering who is supporting Palestinian factions Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, and then answered: “Iran destabilises the situation in a number of Arab countries.”

The Saudi official said that Iran’s handover of ballistic missiles to “terrorist groups is unacceptable,” noting that the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen had launched more than 200 missiles towards Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid Bin Ahmed al-Khalifa said that facing the “Iranian threat” is “more dangerous and important than the Palestinian cause at the moment”.

Speaking about Israeli airstrikes in Syria, the United Arab Emirates (UAE’s) Foreign Minister, Abdullah Bin Zayid Al-Nahyan, said: “Any state has the right to defend itself when it faces challenges.”

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