Saudi State Minister for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir addressed the nation on Sunday, May 19th, to tackle the recent developments in the region, where he asserted the kingdom’s keenness on peace, regardless Iran’s latest aggression against its neighbors.
Al-Jubeir asserted that Saudi Arabia is closely following the situation development on both levels, regional and international, with deepest concern, which is escalating due to the Iranian regime and its proxies’ aggressive acts in the region.
“Saudi Arabia believes that all peoples, including the Iranian people, should live in stability and security to achieve development,” Al-Jubeir said in his statements, asserting that the Iranian regime does not seek stability.
He stressed that Saudi Arabia will do its best to evade the war, but if the other party chooses war, then it will respond with all strength and determination.
“The ball is in Iran’s court, it is up to Iran to decide its fate, and the Iranian people have the right to live in peace.
However, the Iranian regimes seeks through its proxies to destabilize the region, and supporting the terrorist and extremist organisations.”
He tackled the Qatari-Gulf rift and its stance towards the latest development, saying that the kingdom will not allow Qatar to support extremism and interfering “our domestic issues.”
“Qatar should know that it cannot continue the policies it has followed for 20 years.
“It [Qatar] is not a state of Gulf Co-operation Council; it misbehaved with the GCC.”
He underlined the kingdom’s good wishes for Qatari people of stability and welfare, asking Qatar to live by its neighbors in peace.
He warned Iran against its reckless acts to evade the region to unknown fate, affirming that Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is a terrorist organization, praising the US decision to designate IRGC as terrorist group, adding that it is late for 20 years.
Al-Jubeir called on the international community to bear the responsibility to stop Iran from destabilizing the region.
The state minister pointed out to the two summits convened by Saudi Arabia, GCC and Arab League summits to take place on May 30th in Mecca, saying that they will address the Iranian aggression, affirming that investigations are carried out to hold the drone source accountable, however, he expressed his believe that the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen where the source of the drones.
“We will not allow Iran continue its aggression against the kingdom. The kingdom does not bargain when it comes to its doctrine and security. The security of the Saudi citizen is a red line.”
Saudi Arabia is coordinating with the US regarding the region’s security, according to Al-Jubeir, adding that the world is keen on the stability of this region. Meanwhile, the Russian stance is calling for restraint and deescalation.
Four commercial ships were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, May 12, and two days later drones attacked oil installations west of the Saudi capital Riyadh. The incident triggered wide international condemnation, warning Iran of all-out-war in case of escalating its aggression against US allies or its interests in the region.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud invited GCC and Arab leaders on Sunday, May 19th, to convene emergency summits to discuss the implications of this week’s attacks against the kingdom and neighboring United Arab Emirates.
The meetings are set for May 30th in Mecca.