Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Iran, Lebanon accused of escalating tensions with Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday said he considers Iran's alleged supplying of weapons to Houthis in Yemen an act of "direct aggression."

Salman made the remarks during a phone conversation with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson Tuesday, in which he accused Tehran of supporting the Houthi militia.

"The involvement of the Iranian regime in supplying its Houthi militias with missiles is considered a direct military aggression by the Iranian regime and may be considered an act of war against the Kingdom," the prince said.

During the call, Johnson also condemned the missile launched at the city of Ridayh by the Houthi, which was intercepted by the Saudi military.

Saudi officials also accused the Lebanese government of declaring war against it due to Hezbollah -- an ally of Iran -- "sowing strife" in the region.

Saudi Minister for Gulf Affairs Thamer al-Sabhan said Monday Beirut would "be dealt with as a government declaring war on Saudi Arabia," adding that Hezbollah was involved in "every terrorist act" that threatened the Saudi kingdom.


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