Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal speaks during a news conference in Riyadh November 4, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
Iran must withdraw ‘occupying’ forces from Syria:
Iran must withdraw its “occupying” forces from Syria to help resolve that country’s conflict, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said Monday after talks with his German counterpart.
“Our reservations are about Iran’s policy in the region, not about Iran as a country or people,” the foreign minister said at a joint press conference in the Red Sea city of Jeddah with Germany’s Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
“In many conflicts, Iran is part of the problem, not the solution,” Prince Saud said, charging that Shiite-dominated Iran had forces in Syria “fighting Syrians.”
“In this case, we can say that Iranian forces in Syria are occupying forces,” aiding President Bashar al-Assad, whom he described as an “illegitimate” leader.
Saudi Arabia and other Sunni-ruled Gulf states support rebel groups…
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