Saturday, September 24, 2005

Iran hits back at Saudi Arabia over Iraq remarks

"Tehran, Iran, Sep. 24 – Iran reacted harshly to comments by Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister who had criticised the United States of employing an incorrect strategy in Iraq which led to Iranian domination over the neighbouring country.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said during a visit to New York earlier this week that U.S. policy had deepened sectarianism in Iraq to the extend it was effectively handing over the country to Iran.

Iran’s semi-official daily, Jomhouri Islami, blasted al-Faisal’s comments on Saturday as a form of “meddling” in the internal affairs of Iraq.

“The remarks last week by Saud al-Faisal saying that America’s incorrect policies in Iraq could in the future hand over this country to Iran have had a lot of coverage in Western and Arab media”, the hard-line daily wrote.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said on Saturday that the statement by Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal implicating Iran in unrest in Iraq was surprising and illogical."
Iran Focus


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