Iran: Zarif-Jubeir heated argument 'news fabrication'

Iran: Zarif-Jubeir heated argument 'news fabrication'
Sun Dec 3, 2017 14:31:43

Iran has rejected foreign media reports about Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir trading barbs at a conference in Italy, saying the news is fabricated.

"This news is totally false and a blatant news fabrication with certain intentions and goals," Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday.

Qassemi's remarks came one day after some reports claimed that Zarif and Jubeir had engaged in a furious war of words, accusing each other of meddling in regional affairs during the Mediterranean Dialogues (MED) summit, a conference on security in the Mediterranean region.

The top Saudi diplomat was quoted as blasting what he called Iran´s "negative influence throughout the region."

Zarif, in turn, was cited as accusing Riyadh of having dismissed ceasefire efforts in both Syria and Lebanon, sponsoring the Daesh terrorist group, imposing a blockade on Qatar and interfering in Lebanon's domestic affairs.

Qassemi noted that the Iranian and Saudi foreign ministers had addressed the Rome conference on two separate days.

Saudi Arabia has been widely viewed as a supporter of radical Wahhabism, the same ideology influencing the Takfiri terror outfits wreaking havoc in the Middle East region and beyond. The kingdom also launched an invasion of Yemen in March 2015, attempting unsuccessfully to reinstall a former allied regime.

Iran has been offering military advisory assistance to Syria and Iraq in their campaigns against those Takfiri elements.

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