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Saudi Arabia Hails Trump’s Stance on Iran Nuclear Deal

Saudi Arabia Hails Trump’s Stance on Iran Nuclear Deal

Tuesday, 16 January, 2018 - 12:00
Saudi King Salman chairs a cabinet session in Riyadh. (SPA)

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired on Tuesday a cabinet session that hailed US President Donald Trump’s recent stance on the Iran nuclear deal, reported the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

It also lauded his call on all of the United States’ allies to take stronger measures to counter the Iranian regime’s malicious activities, Information Minister Awwad bin Saleh al-Awwad told SPA.

Trump warned on Friday that Washington would withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran if its “flaws” are not amended.

Meeting in Riyadh, the Saudi government described Iran as the world’s greatest sponsor of terrorism. It accused it of “financing, arming and training over a 100,000 gunmen to spread destruction throughout the Middle East.”

It is also accused it of supporting “the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad and helping him kill his own people,” reported SPA.

Iran’s destructive rockets also threaten neighboring countries and international navigation, said the government.

Throughout this time, Iranian regime has resorted to mass arrests, torture and oppression to silence the people.

In addition, the cabinet praised the US for dedicating a unit to probe Lebanon’s “Hezbollah’s” drug trade, which it is employing to fund its terrorist activity.

Furthermore, the Saudi cabinet hailed a recent United Nations report on Iran’s violation of the arms embargo on Yemen.

The report found Iran to be in violation of UN Security Council resolution 2216, saying that Tehran had helped the Houthis obtain drones and ballistic missiles, which were fired at Saudi Arabia.

The embargo has been imposed since 2015.

Turning to the Palestinian territories, the cabinet condemned the Israeli authorities decision to build over a thousand new settlement units and granting permits to the construction of 650 others.

This is in defiance of the international community, said the government according to Awwad.

It also violates the rights of the Palestinian people and aims to impose a new reality that prevents the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, he added.

King Salman informed the ministers of the details of his telephone calls with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. He also informed them of the details of the letter he received from Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev and his talks with Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade, Industry and Energy Hiroshige Seko.

The ministers also addressed the latest Arab, regional and international developments, renewing the Kingdom’s condemnation of the twin suicide bombings in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Monday.

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