Spokesman: Iran seeks de-escalation of tensions

Iran seeks de-escalation of tensions in the region including decrease of tensions with Riyadh, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaber-Ansari said on Sunday.

Speaking in a televised program on the Iranian Channel One network, he said that Saudis have adopted policy of confronting with the realities on the ground and their political geography.

Saudi Arabia has been involved in a game that it was not prepared for it and it can not play the role of an active player in it, the spokesman said.

The Islamic Republic adopted a quite clear stance towards attacks against Saudi missions in Iranian cities and condemned the attacks, he added.

Jaber-Ansari said that Saudi Arabia seeks escalation of tensions and feels hostility towards Iran.

Iran has accepted and understood the developments in the region and moves in line with them and seeks to de-escalate tensions, he said.

Speaking about the possibility of war between Tehran and Riyadh, the spokesman underlined Saudis may feel that a limited war may help them but other regional and international players disagree with such policies.

Jaber-Ansari said that Saudi Arabia should not be permitted to impose the costs of its destructive policies on the region.

Certain states like Sudan are trying to solve their financial problems by Saudi petro-dollars and countries like Bahrain are supported by Saudis and this is the reason why they entered embassy war with Iran, he added.

The spokesman noted that several Islamic countries like Indonesia, Pakistan and Turkey avoided entering the embassy war with Iran.

Jaberi-Ansari said Saudi Arabia’s policy of ‘war of embassies’ by cutting its ties with Iran and putting pressure on other countries in doing so will not bear any benefit to the Riyadh regime.

He said Saudi rulers who are facing economic and political woes inside their country will not reap any fruit from their policy of creating tension in the region to ward off their challenges.

Jaberi-Ansari urged the House of Saud to be ready to accept the realities at home, in the region, and worldwide and stop destructive and war-mongering policies which have adversely affected their image.

The spokesman also reiterated that diplomatic contacts between Iran and US in recent days have been solely on the issue of nuclear agreement saying that Washington cannot mediate between Tehran and Riyadh while it has no diplomatic ties with the Islamic Republic.