Rouhani: Saudis call Iran an enemy to cover up their defeat in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia presents Iran as an enemy because it wants to cover up its defeats in the region.

“Saudi Arabia was unsuccessful in Qatar, was unsuccessful in Iraq, in Syria and recently in Lebanon. In all of these areas, they were unsuccessful,” Rouhani said in the interview live on state television. “So they want to cover up their defeats.”

The Sunni Muslim kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Shi‘ite Iran back rival sides in the wars and political crises throughout the region.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince called the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, “the new Hitler of the Middle East” in an interview with the New York Times published last week, escalating the war of words between the arch-rivals.

Tensions soared this month when Lebanon’s Saudi-allied Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned in a television broadcast from Riyadh, citing the influence of Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon and risks to his life.

Hezbollah called the move an act of war engineered by Saudi authorities, an accusation they denied.

Hariri returned to Lebanon last week and suspended his resignation but has continued his criticism of Hezbollah.

Iran, Iraq, Syria and Russia form a line of resistance in the region that has worked toward stability and achieved “big accomplishments”, Rouhani said in the interview, which was reviewing his first 100 days in office in his second term.

Separately, Rouhani defended his government’s response to an earthquake in western Iran two weeks ago, a major challenges for his administration.

The magnitude 7.3 quake, Iran’s worst in more than a decade, killed at least 530 people and injured thousands. The government’s response has become a lightning rod for Rouhani’s hard-line rivals, who have said the government did not respond adequately or quickly to the disaster.

Supreme Leader Khamenei, the highest authority in Iran, has also criticized the government response.

Hard-line media outlets have highlighted the role played by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, the most powerful military body in Iran and an economic powerhouse worth billions of dollars, in helping victims of the earthquake.

Government ministries have provided health care for victims and temporary housing has been sent to the earthquake zone, but problems still exist, Rouhani said in the interview.

REUTERS

  • Rudy1947

    Unsuccessful at what exactly?

    • Fargo

      In everything. Iran prevented ISIS to behead you.

      • Rudy1947

        A little difficult being over 6000 miles away.

        • Fargo

          If you’re not in Lebanon, you shouldn’t comment. Were it not for Iran, lots of beheading would be going on in Lebanon.

          • Rudy1947

            Why shouldn’t I comment? Last time I checked this is an international forum. I’ve been on others where multiple nationalities comment all the time. Don’t bother threatening again, it is a waste of your time and keystrokes.

          • Hind Abyad

            Haha..he’s right, you know zilt about the Middle East.

          • vs

            you are hating zio canada but good know how to accept zio canadian money
            barking on civilization

  • Rascal

    I was unaware there was a real war between the Sauds and the mullahs. It is no different that Iran calling for Israels defeat very soon when they are not at war. Here is a suggestion Rouhani, maybe Iran should declare their many wars so we know who is fighting who. It is so hard to tell with Iran’s extensive use of foreign proxy fighters that don’t carry an Iranian flag and only get a paycheck from Iran. Other than that, it is typical mullah bluster.and BS.

    Iran looks weak by not declaring their wars because Iran likes to constantly deny involvement in conflicts. It is like a game of poker, put all your cards on the table or STFU.

    • Danny Farah

      Iran is weak by using the Hezbollah of Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan and don’t forget Al Qaeda after all the Son of Bin Laden graduated from QUds Brigade academy.

  • Danny Farah

    Shut up you wicked turban head and stop adding fuels to the fire.

    • Fargo

      Samir Geagea mouth is full of MBS’ pubic hair. Is that why you’re so bothered?

      • Danny Farah

        Well only a faggot like you would know since you must have seen Geagea pubic hair. you are defending a non-lebanese and if you are a Lebanese then you are traitor. Anyone defends any country outside of Lebanon is a coward and a traitor. COward are the ones who depends on someone like Rouhani to get paid and do their dirty work for them. You must be one of them otherwise take your nose out of Geagea pubic hair.. By the way did you swallow his testicles too?

        • Fargo

          Geagea pubic hair is what your mind is into, not mine. He is all shaven for his Saudi bearded masters.

          • Danny Farah

            Whatever turns you on faggot.. you brought it up i didn’t.