Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman dismissed as “untrue and baseless” the accusation made by British prime minister that Iran is creating tensions in the region, saying Britain’s moves, such as arms sales to aggressors, are a major cause of chaos and instability in the Middle East.
In comments on Wednesday, Bahram Qassemi said it is not the first time that British Prime Minister Theresa May has resorted to false and groundless allegations instead of telling the truth.
It came after May claimed in an interview with al-Riyadh newspaper that Iran was creating tensions and insecurity in the region by interfering in the affairs of Arab nations.
In response, Qassemi said Ms. May seems to have forgotten her official status and turned a blind eye to the Middle East developments in recent decades.
The bulk of chaos, instability and underdevelopment in the region originates from “colonial, expansionist and unfair” policies of aggression, invasion and creation of wars by her predecessors and Britain’s allies, he added.
Qassemi finally noted that London’s arms sales to the military coalition that is killing the people of Yemen in an “unequal and inhumane war” contradicts May’s claims about Iran.
Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to the fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.
The Saudi-led aggression has killed more than 10,000 people, half of them civilians, and unleashed a humanitarian crisis in the poorest country in the Middle East.
The Riyadh regime is a major customer for British defense companies and an important London ally, and the British premier has been trying to build on traditionally strong ties with oil-wealthy Persian Gulf Arab monarchies before Britain leaves the European Union.
Since the start of the conflict, Britain has approved export licenses to Saudi Arabia for more than 3.3 billion pounds worth of aircraft, weapons and munitions