King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology, cabinet also condemns Teheran’s attitude


RIYADH: In its weekly session on Tuesday, the Saudi Cabinet condemned Iran’s continued violations of international treaties and conventions governing nuclear power.  In a statement issued to the Saudi Press Agency, Media Minister Turki Al-Shabanah said the Saudi ministers welcomed the US decision to end sanctions waivers for Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant. 

The Cabinet, he added, urged the international community to take a firm position against Iran’s violation of international laws.

The Saudi ministers also reviewed the latest regional developments and their impact on the region. Al-Shabanah said the minister reiterated the Kingdom’s rejection of the US’ statements on Israeli settlements in the West Bank. 

The Cabinet also congratulated the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on its 50th anniversary. The ministers praised the efforts of the OIC and the services it provides to the Muslim world.

Earlier, in previous meeting of the Cabinet, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman said that Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people. He said this following violent street protests in Iran. A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

King Salman told the consultative Shoura Council;“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people.”

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

On Yemen issue, King Salman said that his country seeks a political settlement in Yemen and hoped that a recent agreement signed in Riyadh would open the door to broader peace talks, King Salman said on Wednesday.
King Salman said “we deserve to feel proud of our nation’s success in eliminating extremist manifestations, and besieging its ideology by all means, to return to moderation, which is a characteristic of the Saudi society.”
Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in the conflict in 2015, shortly after the Iran-backed Houthi militia took over the capital Sanaa.
He said the Kingdom’s oil policy aims to promote stability in global oil markets and looks to serve consumers and producers alike.
King Salman also said the initial public offering of Saudi Aramco will allow investors inside and outside the Kingdom to take part and will create thousands of jobs. The revenues from the sale, he said, will be allocated to the country’s Public Investment Fund.