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Monday, June 5

Iran's view of the Saudi-led condemnation of Qatar

Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:46
EC Secretary: Saudi Arabia Pursuing Bahrain's Scenario for Qatar
FARS

TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council (EC) Mohsen Rezayee underlined that the Saudi regime is trying to bring Qatar under its full control exactly like what is has done with Bahrain.

"Saudi Arabia is planning to impose full guardianship on Qatar, after what the regime did with Bahrain,” Rezayee said on Monday.

Rezayee’s remarks came after Qatari foreign ministry issues a statement hours after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates announced they had broken diplomatic relations with Qatar. "The aim is clear, and it is to impose guardianship on the state. This by itself is a violation of its (Qatar's) sovereignty as a state," Qatar’s statement said.

A statement on Saudi Arabia's state news agency announced the move Monday morning with an aim to "protect national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism." Qatar said the decision has “no legitimate justification" and is “based on claims and allegations that have no basis in fact.”

“I remember that Saddam Hussein said of his attack on Kuwait that ‘why the Arab Ummah should be scattered; the Arab world needs to be united into two or three countries in order to fight against the Turks and Persians," Rezayee said.

"(Saddam’s) pretext for attacking Kuwait was to form an Arab Ummah,” Rezayee said, adding, "After him, ISIL started talking about the unification of Iraq and Syria, and today, King Salman of Saudi Arabia is where Saddam was, dreaming about devouring Bahrain and Qatar.”

He underlined that these ignorant and backward ideas are further emboldened by the US and Israel so that peace and stability will never get a chance to be established in the region,” he stressed.

“Iran’s Leader said yesterday that differences must be settled through talks, but Al Saud only thinks about bloodshed," Rezayee said.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties and all land sea and air contacts with Qatar, accusing the Persian Gulf country of supporting terrorism and interfering in their internal affairs.

Riyadh took the lead on Monday to sever relations and other countries fell in line after an official source said the kingdom "urges all brotherly countries and companies to do the same."

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