Saudi Arabia Accuses Iran of Undermining Regional Security

CAIRO (Reuters) -
Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al Khalid al Sabah, Qatar's Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiyah, Oman's Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, Bahrain's Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and UAE'S Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan (L-R) pose for a group photo during an extraordinary meeting in Riyadh January 9, 2016. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser
(L-R) Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al Khalid al Sabah, Qatar’s Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiyah, Oman’s Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and UAE’S Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan pose for a group photo during an extraordinary meeting in Riyadh, Jan. 9. (Reuters/Faisal Al Nasser)

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, speaking at an emergency Arab League session on Sunday, accused Iran of interfering in Arab affairs and undermining regional security. The session was called to discuss growing tensions between the regional rivals.

The current crisis between the Sunni Muslim kingdom and Shi’ite Muslim power Iran, both major oil exporters, started when Saudi Arabia executed Shi’ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr on Jan. 2, triggering outrage among Shi’ites across the Middle East and attacks on Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic missions in Iran. Despite this, Saudi Arabia places the blame for the attacks squarely upon Iran’s shoulders.

“These attacks clearly reflect the approach that the Iranian policy is taking in our Arab region, specifically … with its interference in the affairs of the (region’s) states and instigation of sectarian strife and shaking its security and stability,” said Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.