Saudi Gazette – Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir has responded to his Iranian counterpart saying that Tehran “cannot whitewash its record on terror.”
In an op-ed published by the Wall Street Journal on Sunday, he said, “The fact is that Iran is the leading state-sponsor of terrorism, with government officials directly responsible for numerous terrorist attacks since 1979… Nor can one get around the fact that Iran uses terrorism to advance its aggressive policies. Iran cannot talk about fighting extremism while its leaders, Quds Force and Revolutionary Guard continue to fund, train, arm and facilitate acts of terrorism.”
Jubeir’s response came after a Sept. 13 New York Times op-ed written by Mohammad Javad Zarif.
The Saudi foreign minister went further and added that if Iran was ready to demonstrate sincerity in contributing to the global war on terrorism then “it could have begun by handing over Al-Qaeda leaders who have enjoyed sanctuary in Iran.”
“These have included Osama Bin Laden’s son, Saad, and Al-Qaeda’s chief of operations, Saif Al-Adel, along with numerous other operatives guilty of attacks against Saudi Arabia, the US and other targets,” he added.
“Iran’s record is one of death and destruction, as the situation in Syria and parts of Iraq clearly attests. Words will not change that; concrete action will,” Jubeir continued.
He said Saudi Arabia’s position has remained constant with regard to Iran.
“The Kingdom would welcome better relations with Iran, based on the principles of good neighborliness and noninterference in the affairs of others. That means Iran has to abandon its subversive and hostile activities and stop its support for terrorism. Thus far, Iran’s record has not been encouraging.”