Iran Not to Tolerate Saudis’ Warmongering: Leader’s Aide

Ali Akbar Velayati

A senior Iranian official says the Islamic Republic will not tolerate Saudi Arabia’s warmongering policies in the region.

Head of Strategic Research Centre of Iran’s Expediency Council, Ali Akbar Velayati, says the Saudis lack the required courage and capacity to inflict any blow to Iran, but in case of any abuse, Iran would respond accordingly.

Velayati, who is also a senior international advisor to Iran’s Leader, further noted that Saudi Arabia had been suffering from the policies of some inexperienced rulers with little knowledge of regional issues.

“The Saudis can’t provide even their own security. They waste lots of Muslims’ resources to press ahead with their short-sighted projects. They invited the US president to Riyadh and made whatever they had in power to create an anti-terror alliance. But as we saw the alliance consisted only of a small number of kingdoms, which owe a huge debt to Saudi Arabia.”

“The unprecedented diplomatic crisis between Saudi Arabia and Qatar showed that the Saudis can’t establish even a loose alliance for a couple of days,” he added.

Velayati also dismissed the latest threats by Saudi officials against Iran as empty, adding that the best response to such “foolish claims” is to remain silent.

Elsewhere in his remarks, he slammed the US Senate for advancing Iran sanctions bill and said the new sanctions had no effect on Iran because the two sides didn’t have any serious economic relations.

“Thanks to its resilient economy, Iran has practically made itself invulnerable to foreign threats,” he said.

Velayati said the Senate’s new bill was approved with the aim of supporting Israel and the backward regimes in the region.

“The US has failed to achieve its goals in Iraq and Syria,” Velayati said, adding “the recent victories of the Iraqi forces and the Popular Mobilization Units as well as Syrian army and its allied forces amount to a strategic achievement for Iran.”

He concluded the regional resistance against Israel and its allies started from Tehran and ended up in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

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