United States President Donald Trump said Iran is sponsoring and supporting militant groups. Trump made these comments during his visit to Saudi Arabia. He also urged Arab and Islamic leaders to collectively fight Islamist extremists.
During his speech on Sunday, Trump added that “for decades, Iran has fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror…..it is a government that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing the destruction of Israel, death to America, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this very room.”
Trump also expressed his desire to limit influence of Iran in the region.
While introducing Trump, Saudi Arabia King Salman bin Abdulaziz described Iran as a common enemy and a source of terrorism U.S. and KSA must tackle together.
In response, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif condemned and criticized Trump for inking arms agreement and other investments valuing hundreds of billions of dollars with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, its biggest rival in the Middle East region.
Zarif wrote in a post on Twitter that “Iran-fresh from real elections-attacked by @POTUS in that bastion of democracy & moderation. Foreign Policy or simply milking KSA of $480B?”