Iran has accused the United Arab Emirates of using “Iranophobia” to justify the bloodshed caused by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.
The UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Mohammed Gargash earlier said that the Yemen operation by the coalition meant to send “a strong message” to the Islamic republic that the Arab world's stance was unified about the issue.
“There should not be a long transition period depriving Yemen of access to funds needed for development under a temporary political solution,” Khaleej Times quoted Gargash as saying. “A prolonged political solution would be used by Daesh (ISIS) and Al Qaida, as they take advantage of any political vacuum, and this is exactly what happened in Syria, Libya and Iraq.”
Iran was quick to hit back at the UAE minister as Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaber-Ansari called it “illogical” to justify the Yemen strikes.
“Such feeble and illogical arguments cannot justify the destruction of a defenseless country’s infrastructure and intentional bloodshed of thousands of innocent Yemeni civilians,” Press TV quoted Jaber-Ansari as saying.
“They wrongly assume that the policy of projecting Iran as threat can still deceive the international community and the people of the region into paying no attention to the obvious facts regarding the main sources of warmongering and extremism.”
Jaber-Ansari added some of the Arab countries had no other option but to blame Iran to justify their “wrong and destructive policies.
Earlier in May, Iran dismissed the Camp David summit between Gulf leaders and the United States by calling it “Iranophobic,” The Financial Times reported.
While nuclear negotiations were still taking place, Ali Akbar Velayati said the U.S. did not hesitate to support Saudi Arabia. According to the foreign policy adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, Saudi Arabia has an “undemocratic, tribal government” which supports extremists in the region.