Jan 8, 2014, 5:56 PM
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Veteran diplomat: Saudi Arabia's foreign policy chaotic

Tehran, Jan 8, IRNA – Former Iranian ambassador to France, Sadeq Kharrazi said Wednesday that Saudi Arabia's foreign policy is chaotic.

In a meeting to review the regional and extra-regional effects of Geneva nuclear deal between Tehran and the West struck on November 24, Kharrazi said Saudi Arabia has lost its special position in the US.

Now, both Democrats and Republicans are more cautious about dealing with Saudi Arabia due to Washington’s marked shift in its support for extremism, Kharrazi said.

The United States nowadays does not recognize extremist organizations, while supporting extremist groups in Muslim world, such as al-Qaeda used to be part of Washington’s foreign policy doctrine, Kharrazi added.

The veteran Iranian diplomat said that terrorist attack in US on September 11, 2001 was the result of US support for terrorist groups.

Referring to US fight against terror in different parts of the world, Kharrazi said that Iran and the US share interests in countering terrorism.

Saudi Arabia also face opposition at home from a new generation of politicians, a large number of whom are graduated from the United States and cannot accept that over 3,000 sheikhs and princes live comfortably in the country, while many people are living in extreme poverty, he said.

As Riyadh distances itself from Washington, it gets closer to Tel Aviv in foreign policy arena, the Iranian former ambassador to Paris noted.

Riyadh has failed to reach its goals in its attempts to support extremism, Kharrazi said, adding Saudi Arabia is the main obstacle on the way of interaction between Iran and the West.