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Saudi diplomat says Iran 'prodding Houthi militias to attack oil tankers

Ahmed Qattan

Saudi representative to the Arab League Ahmed bin Abdel-Aziz al-Qattan, on Monday said an Iranian media figure close to Khamenei and senior decision-makers within the regime incited Houthi militias to attack the oil tankers of the Arab-led coalition's nations.

Qattan revealed that the editor-in-chief of Iran's Kayhan newspaper, Hossein Shariatmadari, who is close to the Iranian leader, suggested that the Houthi militias target the oil tankers of the alliance, especially Saudi Arabia, in the Gulf of Aden.

He explained that the Tasnim news agency quoted  Shariatmadari on Wednesday, December 13, as saying that targeting Saudi oil tankers in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea  by the Iran-backed Houthi gangs is a necessity. He also considered this "the lowest price that could be paid by the Saudis.

"These statements are an extension of Iran's gruesome record of supporting terrorism and confirm that the Iranian regime is engaged with all its wings in exporting terrorism and igniting sectarian wars in all the countries of the region," said Qattan.