Thursday, 24 August, 2017

Iran’s Supreme Leader: Saudi Arabia a ‘cow milked’ by US

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 Iran’s Supreme Leader said that Saudi Arabia is a “cow being milked” by the United States.

A Saturday report by the semi-official Fars news agency quotes Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying that Saudi Arabia trades its wealth with “pagans and enemies.”

“The stupid Saudi government thinks it can attract the friendship of enemies by giving them money,” said Ayatollah Khamenei.

He added that bastion of Islam Saudi Arabia is “cruel toward believers and kind toward pagans.”

Ayatollah Khamenei added that Saudi Arabia’s rulers faced “certain downfall” for aligning itself with the U.S, Reuters reported.

“They act cordially towards the enemies of Islam while having the opposite behavior towards the Muslim people of Bahrain and Yemen,” he said. “They will face certain downfall.”

The Supreme Leader’s comments come a week after President Donald Trump signed a $110 billion weapons deal with Saudi Arabia during his visit to the kingdom.

Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani earlier called for improved relations with Persian Gulf nations during a phone call with the emir of Qatr, Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

“We want the rule of moderation and rationality in the relations between countries and we believe that a political solution should be a priority,” Rouhani was quoted as saying. “The countries of the region need more cooperation and consultations to resolve the crisis in the region and we are ready to cooperate in this field.”

Photo: US President Donald Trump, accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud arrive for a reception ahead of a banquet at Murabba Palace in Riyadh. Photo: AFP

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