Saudi Arabia: Iran is destabilizing Middle East

Saudi Arabia: Iran is destabilizing Middle East
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Tuesday warned against Iranian efforts to “destabilize” the Middle East.”

Speaking in a joint press conference in Paris with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, Jubeir said: “The entire world knows that Iran is working to destabilize our region.

“Iran must respect principles of good neighborliness if it wishes to normalize ties,” Jubeir added.

Iranian protesters stormed Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran in January and relations between the two countries have since been frayed.

Speaking on Lebanon, which Ayrault said he would be visiting soon, Jubeir slammed Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah for “stalling any efforts to resolve Lebanon’s presidential vacuum.” The country has been without a president for more than two years.

Jubeir said the Arab Peace initiative is ongoing, hinting at continuing Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and expressed thanks to France for supporting the kingdom’s efforts in the Middle East.

Discussing the Syrian crisis, the counterparts urged Russia to pressure the regime of President Bashar al-Assad to stop bombing rebel positions, particularly in Aleppo.

Ayrault said a ceasefire would be the only stipulation for peace in Syria, along with a political solution to the crisis. Meanwhile, Jubeir said the kingdom’s stance towards Assad – that he must relinquish power – has not and will not change.

Earlier in the press conference, Ayrault hailed Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, saying the plan will set to ensure the future success of the kingdom.