Saudi king presses the global community to take ‘decisive stance’ against Iran

Iran and Saudi Arabia have been locked in a decades-long struggle for influence across the region, aiding opposing sides in conflicts from Syria to Yemen.

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud. (File: Saudi Press Agency via Reuters)

Saudi Arabia’s King, Salman bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud, pressed upon the international community to take a “decisive stance” against Iran to curb its ballistic missiles and nuclear programs.

The king made the remarks on Thursday, a day after the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), warned that Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium had risen to more than 12 times the permitted limit

“The kingdom calls on the global community to take a firm stance towards the Iranian regime,” King Salman said in a speech to the Shura Council, the country’s top advisory body.

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“The kingdom stresses the risks of Iran’s regional project, its interference in other states, its fostering of terrorism, its fueling the flames of sectarianism and calls for a decisive stance from the global community against Iran that guarantees a drastic handling of its efforts to obtain weapons of mass destruction and develop its ballistic missiles program.”

Iran and Saudi Arabia have been locked in a decades-long struggle for influence across the region, aiding opposing sides in conflicts from Syria to Yemen.

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There was no instant reaction from Iran to the king’s remarks. Still, Tehran has repeatedly described Saudi Arabia’s statements against it as “baseless allegations” – and denies arming groups in the Middle East.

The Saudi monarch also repeated his long-standing support for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

However, the king did not refer to the US-brokered agreements signed between the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Sudan to normalize ties with Israel, part of a strategic realignment against Iran.

Riyadh has silently acquiesced to the UAE and Bahrain deals, though it has stopped short of validating them, and has signaled it is not ready to take such action itself.

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  • ان بے غیرت عرب بادشاہوں نے امریکہ اور اسرائیل کی
    غلامی کر کے امت مسلمہ کا جنازہ کنال دیا ہے جبکہ ایرانی قیادت کھل کر ان مسلم دشمن طاقتوں کے سامنے کھڑی ہے۔ اب لوگوں کو مزید بے وقوف بنانا ممکن نہیں۔۔۔


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