Al-Jubeir: No mediation between Saudi Arabia, Iran

LONDON, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir has denied reports of Iraqi or Pakistani mediation between his country and its regional rival Iran, stressing that Iran needs to change its behavior and course of action.

“We not having any mediation, people come to us with ideas and suggestions and we give them our response,” Al-Jubeir said on Monday in symposium at the London-based the Royal Institute of International Affairs, known as Chatham House.

“Our response includes what Iran needs to do. We like to see actions rather than words.” The Saudi official accused Iran of not respecting sovereignty of nations, international laws and the principle of non-interference in affairs of others countries.

“Iran since 1979 is on a rampage: attacking embassies, attacking US marines in Beirut, hijacking, kidnapping and murdering diplomats… Attacking our embassy in the late 1980s in Tehran, assassinating diplomats of Saudi Arabia and a number of countries,” he pointed out.

He also accused Iran of standing behind last month missile and drone attack on Aramco oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.

Al-Jubeir stressed that Iran needs to change its behavior, “then it would be judged by its actions not words.” He lauded the international community condemnation of the assault on oil facilities and the US and other world firm stance towards the Iranian actions.

On Yemen, the Saudi official said that his country believes that a political solution will be the best option for resolving the conflict in Yemen.

There is an international dialogue going on to help reach a peaceful solution to the crisis, he stated.

On the Kingdom 2030 vision, Al-Jubeir said it is going as planed to achieve its ambitious goals of boosting innovation, empowering youth and women, expanding non-oil economic sectors including manufacturing, tourism and marine transport.

He argued that Saudi women contribution to the labor market has been grown remarkable this year.

For example, women employers at the Saudi Foreign Ministry has grown from 10 percent to 50 percent, he said.

Source: Kuwait News Agency