(PM) — The spokesperson of Iran’s foreign ministry strongly denounced Saudi Arabia’s accusations of Iran meddling in the region.
Iran has strongly denied unfounded accusations made at an Arab summit, stating that Saudi Arabia had collaborated with the United States and Israel in a desperate effort to put a bad light against Tehran in the region.
In the wake of attacks on oil assets in the Gulf, Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud said on Thursday in an emergency Arab summit that decisive action was required to stop Iranian escalations in the region.
“We see the Saudi effort to mobilize opinion as part of the hopeless process followed by America and the Zionist regime against Iran,” Abbas Mousavi, a spokesperson of Iranian Foreign Ministry, said in a statement.
He also stated that Saudi Arabia was using its role as host for the meetings to spread divisive policies among Muslim leaders.
Saudi Arabia held emergency meetings of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the Arab League to counter what it said was Iran’s growing influence in the region.
A Gulf-Arab statement and a separate declaration issued after the wider summit both supported the right of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to protect their interests after the attacks on oil pumping stations in the kingdom and tankers off the UAE coast.
Iraq, which has good relations with neighboring Iran and the US, said it opposed to the Arab declaration, which stated that any cooperation with Iran should be based on non-interference in other countries.