Saudis make mistake by considering Iran as enemy — Rouhani

Henri Michaux
Novembre 8, 2017

These words defined Saudi Arabia and its elderly monarchs for decades.

Saudi Arabia's arrest of prominent royals and businessmen under the banner of battling corruption could in fact be more a case of internal power politics, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

The crown prince "is extremely decisive. And that's not helpful either".

In China, Xi has made similar pledges to make his country a place where "nobody dares to be corrupt".

Iran supports the Houthis but has denied arming them.

Hundreds of cars lined the main roads of Yemen's capital after the rebels who control the city ordered fuel stations to close on Wednesday, accusing merchants of taking advantage of a Saudi blockade to hike prices.

It says missile systems were not present in Yemen before the civil war, alleging that Iran provided them.

All the fighting involves Iran, either directly or indirectly. The Saudis and the UAE are the main pillars of the coalition. The missile, intercepted by the kingdom's air force on Saturday, reportedly targeted Riyadh Airport.

Rouhani also criticized Saudi-led coalition's airstrikes on Houthi-held areas of Yemen and urged Saudi Arabia to stop bombing Yemen's people.

Earlier, several leaders and top officials arrived in Saudi Arabia to offer their condolences including: King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Deputy Minister of the Kuwaiti Emiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Ali Jarrah al-Sabah, UAE's Minister of Interior Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and UAE's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Khoury said 10 U.N. ships in the Red Sea ports of Hodeida and nearby Salef have been ordered to depart.

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The coalition announced the closure of all ports in Yemen as of Monday.

Alterman questions whether the Saudis have overestimated their military might. Houthi rebels have been accused of carrying out the attack. At the same time, 64 percent said they believed the situation would improve over the next five years. Welcome to the Saudi soap opera.

President Trump has been strongly supportive.

"We express our solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia", the ministry added. Aoun has had no contact with Hariri since the prime minister left for Saudi Arabia last Friday.

The Saudis apparently felt Hariri was being undermined by Hezbollah, a Shiite group closely aligned with Iran.

But the blocking of aid threatens some seven million people already on the brink of famine.

US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Iran of supplying a missile to Huthi rebels that was fired into Saudi Arabia in July.

"We encourage the United Nations and international partners to take necessary action to hold the Iranian regime accountable for these violations".

Greg Myre is a national security correspondent.

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