Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran is willing to cooperate with Saudi Arabia in order to build a strong Middle East after US President Donald Trump said the Saudi king wouldn’t stay in power for two weeks without US support.

Zarif called Trump’s words about the importance of the US support for Saudi “humiliating” in a Thursday Twitter post and said that national security cannot be outsourced. “We again extend our hand to our neighbors: let’s build a ‘strong region’, and stop this conceit,” Zarif tweeted.

Zarif’s comment came after the US president said during a rally in Southaven, Mississippi, that Saudi Arabia’s King Salman wouldn’t stay in power “for two weeks” without the US and that the kingdom needs to shell out more for US protection.

“We protect Saudi Arabia … And I love the king, King Salman. But I said, ‘King, we’re protecting you. You might not be there for two weeks without us; you have to pay for your military,’” Trump said to his supporters, reported Reuters. The US president didn’t specify when exactly he said this to the Saudi king.

“I said, king, you have got trillions of dollars. Without us, who knows what’s going to happen? […] With us they are totally safe. But we don’t get what we should be getting,” he added, cited by PressTV.

Trump’s remarks about Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter and one of the leading OPEC countries, followed his criticism of OPEC member states in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September. The US president blamed OPEC for high oil prices.

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“We defend many of these nations for nothing, and then they take advantage of us by giving us high oil prices. Not good. We want them to stop raising prices; we want them to start lowering prices,” Trump said.

 

 

Source: Sputnik

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This coming directly from the horses mouth, the US is doing large scale international ‘protection racketeering’. Because the King has Trillions of dollars, we’ll overlook the 9/11 attacks, we’ll not allow the US courts to present judgement against the Saud’s and we will even destabilize the whole ME region for you including a genocide on the Yemeni people. If I were to come into some Trillions of dollars would I be able to hire the strongest military power on earth for my personal protection?

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War in Yemen was started by Iranian backed-Houthis and Houthis are giving very poor treatment to populations, confiscating humanitarian aid then selling it. About 9/11 attacks, 8 of the hijackers were accompanied to the flights that made ’em enter USA by Imad Mugniyeh (Hezbollah) or his close aides, thus, Hezbollah is clearly implied in. Many Qaedan roaches hid in Iran, including soon to become founder of ISIS Zarqawi… You also forget that, according to Osama himself, main source of Qaeda funding was Qatar-Charity. If some Saudis subject were implied, even VIPs, the 9/11 plot wasn’t obviously at state level and… Read more »

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well spoken by iranian leaders which will touch some hearts for unity and resistance against arrogant zio oppressors

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MBS said the Twitt was a bad thing and for one bad thing with the US, Saudis got 99 good ones, adding that even best friends or members of a family hadn’t such good relations…
I doubt that Saudis appreciated as much Iran-backed riots in eastern KSA or the Iranian-backed Houthis shooting ballistic missiles on Riyadh, added to some Hezbollah bombings in the past.
In case you wouldn’t know, some kind of Middle-East “NATO” is on the table with KSA, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt and… Israel…
You really live in a parallel universe if you think they’ll fall into such taqiyya.

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Might as well go and talk to a camel defecating in the desert about the virtues of flush toilets for all the good it will do.

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LOL.

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Iranians surely may have problems to flush toilets since, thanks to the regime’s kleptocracy that prefer dilapidating Iranian money into warmongering, the water-crisis is hitting population at unprecedented levels.

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I’m going to bust a nut big-time when the Americans, kick the Saudis to the curb.

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Iran also extends its hand toward Saud-Arabia through its Houthi proxies sending ballistic missiles on Riyadh, other cities, Aramco facilities, oil tankers… And Saudis know very well that without Desert Storm, one of Saddam’s sons would be the king, the wali, or whatever… Meanwhle, Iran pushing Shia population in East-KSA or Bahrain into sedition is blatant. I can’t wait for KSA accepting Zarif offer and the country rigged by Quds-Force and the regime end with a coup and all the al-Saud family ending at chop-chop square with Soleimani giving the signal of the beheading… Thus, I’m not saying they wouldn’t… Read more »