Dec 16, 2017, 11:26 AM
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Beyond Saudi Arabia’s anti-Iran policies

Tehran, Dec 16, IRNA - The Middle East as one of the world’s conflict-prone regions has been facing a string of crises.

The rise of Daesh in Iraq and Syria, a blockade imposed on Qatar, the invasion of Yemen, the flood of US armaments to the Middle East, and Lebanon’s recent crisis are indicative of Saudi Arabia’s footprint in the regional conflicts.

Apparently, Riyadh is seeking to dominate the Middle East.

On a daily basis, Saudi Arabia and its allies hurl different accusations at Iran. They claim that Iran interferes in Lebanon’s domestic affairs, exports weapons to Yemen and tries to expand its influence in Iraq and Syria.

These claims draw two assumptions.

1) An influential Iran which is able to exert its influence in the Middle East. The question is: If Iran is an influential player, why do others including Saudi Arabia refuse to cooperate with Tehran? Another question that occurs to mind in this regard is: Why does Riyadh refuse to talk to Iran?

2) The second assumption is: Iran is a non-influential actor in the region. If Iran is not an influential player, the question is: Why do some players put pressure on Tehran?

The reality is that Iran does not create crisis and is not inclined to do so, but has an influential role in resolving the regional crises.

Saudi Arabia, through its petrodollars, has pushed the West to back its anti-Iran policy.

The kingdom is trying to create a power vacuum in the region. This is aimed at expanding the ideology of Wahhabism which serves as a foundation for the creeds of Takfiri groups operating across the Middle East and North Africa.

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Source: Iran Daily
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