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Saudi foreign minister says message to Iran is: 'enough is enough'

Jubeir calls for sanctions on Iran for its 'support of terrorism’

Long-standing arch-rivals, Riyadh and Tehran are waging a contest for power on several fronts across the region, notably in Yemen and Lebanon.


According to experts, Saudi is engaged in this contest to curb Iran terror in the region.


“Any way you look at it, they (the Iranians) are the ones who are acting in an aggressive manner. We are reacting to that aggression and saying, ‘Enough is enough. We’re not going to let you do this anymore’”, Jubeir told Reuters in an interview.


He said Saudi Arabia was consulting its allies about what leverage to use against Lebanese Shi‘ite militant group Hezbollah -- an Iranian ally -- to end its dominance in the small Mediterranean nation and intervention in other countries.


“We will make the decision when the time comes,” he said, declining to detail what options were under consideration.


Jubeir said Hezbollah, which he described as a subsidiary of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), must disarm and become a political party for Lebanon to stabilize.


“Whenever we see a problem, we see Hezbollah act as an arm or agent of Iran and this has to come to an end,” he said after meeting his French counterpart in Riyadh.


Saad al-Hariri, a Saudi ally, resigned as Lebanon’s prime minister on Nov. 4, citing an assassination plot and accusing Iran and Hezbollah of sowing strife in the region.


On Yemen, Jubeir accused the Iran-aligned Houthi militias of besieging civilian areas and preventing supplies from coming in or out.


Jubeir said domestic anti-corruption investigations which have netted senior princes, officials and businessmen in the past two weeks were ongoing.

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