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Gulf must unite against Iran: Pompeo

Gulf must unite against Iran: Pompeo Gulf must unite against Iran: Pompeo
Patty Aguilar | 30 April, 2018, 22:06

Qassemi said Iran's presence in Iraq and Syria is in response to the "requests of their legitimate governments and in line with fighting terrorism in the region".

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday that Iran is keen to develop ties with the rest of the world, which is "not merely" the United States and European countries.

This partnership, Qassemi said, "has so far had destructive consequences such as the perpetuation of violence, animosity and distrust among regional countries and brought about many crises of attrition, insecurity and instability in the region".

Khamenei also claimed the USA wants to put the financial burden of confronting Iran on the shoulders of other Mideast countries, but warned "they will be hit and defeated if they confront Iran".

"They know if they enter military conflict with Iran, they will be hit multiple times", he says in comments during a meeting with workers, according to his website.

Pompeo met earlier with Saudi King Salman for about 15 minutes before heading directly to Israel, Iran's arch-enemy, for talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Shiite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia have always been rivals in the region, engaging in proxy fights across the region, including in Syria and Yemen.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reportedly accused the United States of working to "provoke" Saudi Arabia against Iran.

Pompeo succeeded Rex Tillerson a former chairman of Exxon Mobil who was leading USA efforts to end Qatar's isolation.

"Pompeo's remarks about Iran are baseless and repetitive ..."

On his visit to Riyadh, Pompeo reassured Iran's key regional rival Saudi Arabia that the United States would exit Iran's 2015 multinational nuclear deal, unless European signatories of the accord "fix" it.

Under Iran's settlement with the United States, France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China, Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear program to satisfy the powers that it could not be put to developing atomic bombs.

Pompeo said he discussed Iran with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir during the trip and pointed to Iranian actions he argued destabilize the Middle East.

The US official underlined the growing concern surrounding Iran's attempt to obtain nuclear weapons.

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