Saudi envoy blasts Rouhani’s ‘dangerous and expansionist rhetoric’

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An Iranian cleric looks at domestically built surface to surface missiles at a military show at Imam Khomeini Grand Mosque in Tehran on Feb. 3, 2019, marking the 40th anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution that toppled the US-backed shah. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a ceremony in Tehran on February 11, 2019, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. (Official President website/Handout via REUTERS)
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Iranians visit a weaponry and military equipment exhibition in the capital Tehran on Febraury 2, 2019, organized on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution. (AFP / ATTA KENARE)
Updated 14 February 2019

Saudi envoy blasts Rouhani’s ‘dangerous and expansionist rhetoric’

  • Iran's 1979 revolution ushered in a reign of terror and destruction, says Ambassador Khalid bin Salman
  • He also said Iran's regime ought to stop "wasting the Iranian nation’s wealth on funding terrorism and radical militia"

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s envoy to the US said Thursday that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s “boast” about Iran’s former territories in the south of the Arabian Gulf only betrays the regime’s hegemonic ambitions.

“Rouhani’s dangerous & expansionist rhetoric is a reminder that this regime has not moderated, and represents the biggest threat to stability in our region,” Prince Khalid bin Salman posted on Twitter.

He referred to the Iranian leader’s speech during Iran’s 40th anniversary celebration on Feb. 11 when he said, “100 years ago, a large part from southern Iran, which today is a few countries in the south of the Gulf, was separated from Iran.” 

Prince Khalid said there’s nothing really to celebrate about Iran’s revolution and the mullah regime ought to stop exporting it.

”40 years ago, the Ayatollah (Ruhollah Khomenei“ landed in Iran and ushered in a reign of terror and destruction,” he said.

“In Iran, living standards declined, infrastructure stalled, and development froze. The regime continues to waste its peoples’ money on deadly adventures abroad,” he added.

“In KSA, the leadership focused on human development rather than funding terrorism, which is why since 1979, KSA GDP per capita increased tenfold, while Iran’s has fallen by more than half. In ’79, the two economies were the same size, today, KSA’s GDP is double that of Iran’s,” he said.

Saudi Arabia and its allies have accused Iran of destabilizing its neighbors by supporting dissidents in Gulf states and proxy armies such as the Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Houthi militia in Yemen, and Al-Hashd in Iraq. 

The United Nations had earlier confirmed Iran's role in supplying missiles to Yemen's Houthi militia, some of which have been fired at targets in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia has also accused Tehran of harboring international terrorists such as members of the Al-Qaeda. 

“Sadly, it appears that it will continue to waste the Iranian nation’s wealth on funding terrorism and radical militias.” Prince Khalid said.
 


Arab coalition cleared of rights violations in Yemen

Updated 09 July 2020

Arab coalition cleared of rights violations in Yemen

  • JIAT reiterates its commitment of transparency while presenting its findings

RIYADH: The Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) of the Arab coalition for Yemen has investigated four cases that were reported in the media. It found that the rules of engagement had been followed by the coalition for Yemen in each case.
The JIAT reiterated its commitment of transparency while presenting its findings in the submitted cases, and it revealed details in a professional and fact-based way.
Addressing a press conference in Riyadh on Wednesday, JIAT spokesman Mansour Al-Mansour said: “In one case, it was claimed that a military vehicle of the Houthi militia was targeted in front of a restaurant in Zabid, Hodeidah governorate, on Jan. 3, 2018.”
He said the JIAT investigated the incident and reviewed all documents, including procedures and rules of engagement, daily mission schedule, after-mission report, satellite images, provisions and the principles of International humanitarian law and its customary rules, as well as an assessment of evidence. It found that on the alleged date, the coalition forces did not carry out any aerial missions in Zabid, and that the nearest military target that was hit by the coalition on the date of the claim was in Al-Khokhah directorate, about 41 km away from Zabid.
Referring to another case, he said it was claimed that coalition forces had targeted the Mothalath Ahim market in Hajjah governorate on July 4, 2015.

FOURCASES

• In one case, it was claimed that a military vehicle of the Houthi militia was targeted in front of a restaurant in Zabid, Hodeidah governorate, on Jan. 3, 2018.

• In second case, it was claimed that coalition forces had targeted the Mothalath Ahim market in Hajjah governorate on July 4, 2015.

• In third case, it was claimed that the coalition forces had targeted a house in Talan, Kushar, directorate of Hajjah governorate on March 10, 2019.

• In fourth case, it was claimed that a house was targeted in Midi directorate of (Hajjah) governorate on April 22, 2018.

The JIAT investigated the incident and found that Mothalath Ahim, which is 16 km from the international borders of Saudi Arabia, was at the time of the military operation under the control of the Houthi armed militia and the former president’s forces.
Intelligence reports confirmed the discovery of a ballistic missile inside a hangar in a semi-isolated location. There were gatherings of Houthi armed militia and the former president’s forces, and military vehicles at Mothalath Ahim, which was considered a legitimate military target, based on Article 52, Paragraph 2 of the First Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions. Moreover, the coalition forces took all feasible precautions by studying and defining the target’s environment, using a guided bomb that was commensurate with the target, and minimizing collateral damage while achieving the desired military advantage of the military based on Rule No. 17 of the customary international humanitarian law.
In another case it was claimed that the coalition forces had targeted a house in Talan, Kushar, directorate of Hajjah governorate on March 10, 2019.
Al-Mansour said the coalition forces units had detected through reconnaissance a vehicle carrying Houthi armed militia fighters. It was confirmed by ground elements that the fighters got out of that vehicle and entered a building in Jabal Talan, which was considered to be a legitimate military target.
In fourth case, it was claimed that a house was targeted in Midi directorate of (Hajjah) governorate on April 22, 2018.
The JIAT investigated the incident and found that the coalition forces observed gatherings of Houthi militias and a ballistic missile launcher in the area of operations concealed in an isolated area. The coalition forces therefore carried out an air mission against these two targets. The JIAT found that coalition forces had not targeted a civilian house in Midi directorate as alleged.