Saudi Arabia’s Adel al-Jubeir: World must hold Iran accountable for supporting terrorism

During an interview with an American news outlet, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir accused his country’s regional rival of supporting terrorism and called on the international community to slap Iran with new sanctions. Al-Jubeir then called the nuclear deal with Tehran “weak.”

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Adel al-Jubeir Photo Credit: EPA

After Iran warned that Riyadh made a “strategic mistake” by recognizing the US and Israel as friends, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir accused Tehran of supporting terrorism. During an interview with CNBC Thursday, al-Jubeir said that Iran should be punished for its continued support of terrorism in the Middle East, urging the international community to impose new sanctions on the country.

“We would like to see sanctions on Iran for its support of terrorism and sanctions on Iran for violating the ballistic missile resolutions of the United Nations,” he told CNBC. When the former Saudi ambassador to the US was asked whether his country is on a path toward a direct conflict with its regional rival, al-Jubeir said: “We hope not.”

Al-Jubeir also commented on the nuclear deal with Iran, calling it “weak.” The Saudi minister then described the recent political developments in Lebanon as “unfortunate” and accused the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist group of “hijacking the system” in the country.

Earlier today, JOL reported that a senior Lebanese government claimed that Saudi Arabia is holding Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who announced his resignation on Saturday. The official told Reuters that the violation of Hariri’s freedom is a “direct attack on Lebanese sovereignty.”

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