TEHRAN (Basirat) : Former IRGC general Rezaei reacted to Arab countries' decisions led by Saudi Arabia to cut ties with Qatar, saying the Saudi king, emboldened by US and Israel, is seeking to devour Bahrain and Qatar.
"Saudi Arabia is planning to impose full guardianship on Qatar, after what
the regime did with Bahrain,” Former IRGC general and current secretary of the
Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei, said Monday.
Rezaei’s reaction echoed Qatar's foreign ministry’s statement released hours
after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates announced they
had broken diplomatic relations with Qatar. "The aim is clear, and it is to
impose guardianship on the state. This by itself is a violation of its (Qatar's)
sovereignty as a state," Qatar’s statement said.
A statement on Saudi Arabia's state news agency announced the move Monday
morning with an aim to "protect national security from the dangers of terrorism
and extremism." Qatar said the decision has "no legitimate justification" and is
"based on claims and allegations that have no basis in fact.”
Rezaei went on to add, "I remember that Saddam Hussein said of his attack on
Kuwait that ‘why the Arab Ummah should be scattered; the Arab world needs to be
united into two or three countries in order to fight against the Turks and
"[Saddam’s] pretext for attacking Kuwait was to form an Arab Ummah,” Rezaei
said. "After him, ISIL started talking about the unification of Iraq and Syria,
and today, King Salman of Saudi Arabia is where Saddam was, dreaming about
devouring Bahrain and Qatar.”
"These ignorant and backward ideas are further emboldened by the US and Israel
so that peace and stability will never get a chance to be established in the
region,” he stressed.
Rezaei concluded, "Iran’s Leader said yesterday that differences must be settled
through talks, but Al Saud only thinks about bloodshed.”