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Iran President Rouhani Warns Saudis: US Is Not Your Friend

Iran President Rouhani Warns Saudis: US Is Not Your Friend
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (Sergey Guneev/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 08 November 2017 06:50 PM

The president of the Iranian regime says Saudi Arabia made a "strategic mistake" in choosing to befriend the United States and Israel.

"You are making mistake if you think Iran is not your friend and the U.S. and Israel are your friends," President Hassan Rouhani said, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency, the Daily Mail reported.

The remark came as Rouhani criticized Saudi Arabia over what he called "unprecedented" interference in Lebanese affairs, suggesting the Gulf kingdom forced Lebanon's prime minister, Saad Hariri, to resign.

"You are well aware of the power and status of the Islamic Republic of Iran," Rouhani said in remarks addressed to Saudi Arabia. "Those more powerful than you have failed to do anything against the Iranian nation."

The warning follows a week of rising tensions in the region.

Lebanon's prime minister, who had intended to oppose Iran's terrorist proxies in the country, fled to Saudi Arabia and announced his resignation Saturday, citing the threat of assassination by Iran's affiliates as his reason for stepping down. That same day, an Iran-backed militia in Yemen fired a ballistic missile at the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh, but it was intercepted.

Iran and Saudi Arabia are traditional rivals in the Middle East, bulwarks of the two leading sects of Islam with competing geopolitical interests. The risk of direct conflict has risen in recent years, as the Iranians pursued nuclear weapons and propped up Syrian President Bashar Assad, while the Saudi Arabians are leading a campaign to defeat an Iran-linked insurgency in Yemen, the Washington Examiner reported.

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