UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel al-Jubeir, said that warning Iran of the outbreak of all-out war in the event of a strike from Saudi Arabia or the United States is “funny and ridiculous.
“This is not the first time when the foreign minister declares,” Jubeir said in an interview with CNBC on Saturday, conducted in Riyadh against the backdrop of a new escalation in the Gulf region following a severe blow to two vital Saudi Aramco facilities on September 14. The Iranian, Mohammad Javad Zarif, is funny and in fact ridiculous.”
“We have a responsibility to protect our borders, our people and our infrastructure, but the world is also responsible for ensuring that Iran does not escape accountability for killing people and secures free shipping in the Gulf and the Arabian Sea to prevent disruption of energy supplies,” Jubeir said”.
He said that attempts to cooperate with Iran to resolve outstanding problems, such as the German-French initiative to launch a special financial mechanism that would bypass US sanctions, are nothing but appeasement for the Islamic Republic, noting that this policy will not produce positive results.
“If you think leniency with Iran will make it behave better, it will not happen, as it has not been for the past 40 years,” he said.
He continued: “We believe that the idea of offering loans to Iran is nothing but appeasement, and whenever anyone has tried over the past 40 years to appease Iran, it is used this to cause damage.”
The Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs stressed that the attack on Aramco not only targeted the kingdom but the entire international community.
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