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Iran accused of supporting terrorism and extremism since 1979: Prince Khalid

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Prince Khalid bin Salman
Saudi Arabia’s Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Defence Minister, opened his speech at the International Security Conference in Moscow, on Wednesday April 24th, by saying, “Saudi Arabia is witnessing an unprecedented transformation and development to achieve the 2030 Vision”.

The Prince pointed out that the Kingdom, in its foreign policy, is sparing no effort to achieve stability and security.

"We are committed to fighting terrorism regionally and internationally,” Prince Khalid said.

Concerning Iran's practices in the region, which were called “shameless and malicious”, the Prince said that since 1979 the Iranian regime has continued to support extremism and terrorism, feed sectarianism and division, disrespect international laws, and does not recognise the national state.

He added that Tehran is dealing with "revolutionary and cross-border practices that are contrary to international law. These include the annexation of terrorists and the supply of weapons and funding to extremist groups. The first to be affected by these actions is the Iranian people."

"The region must stand at a crossroads that requires taking a firm stance. Either we submit to the policies of chaos and destruction, and the approach of exporting revolution and sectarianism along with a reactionary vision that wants to turn the region back, or we determine to move towards a future full of security, stability and prosperity for all our peoples," the Prince said.

Iran destabilises the region by supporting terrorist and extremist militias, such as Hezbollah and Houthi militias, he added.

Regarding Yemen’s crisis, the Saudi Prince accused Iran of trying "to seize the Yemeni State" by supporting the extremist Houthis, who control Hodeidah and most urban centres in Yemen.

He also blamed Houthi rebel militias for a stalled peace deal in the main port of Hodeidah, saying the Iran-backed group was ignoring the kingdom's call for a political solution to the four-year war.

"They are ignoring our calls for a political solution to this crisis. Houthi militias continue to violate Security Council resolutions and the Stockholm Agreement," Prince Khalid said.In addition, the Houthi militias besieged the city and prevented the arrival of supplies to its inhabitants, resulting in the deaths of many innocent civilians and the harm of others.

"Our goal is for the Yemeni citizen to achieve his stability under a legitimate government,” the Prince said.

Last December, an agreement was reached in Sweden, under the auspices of the United Nations, for a cease-fire and withdrawal of troops from the city of Hodeidah, which is the lifeline of millions of people.