Tuesday 21 November 2017

Iran lashes back with reminder of Saudi link to 9/11

U.S. President Donald Trump walks with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to deliver a speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump walks with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to deliver a speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Kim Sengupta

Donald Trump should spend his time usefully in Riyadh by discussing how to avoid his Saudi hosts "carrying out another" 9/11 atrocity in the US instead of making baseless claims of terrorism against other countries, Iran's foreign minister has said.

In his speech to Arab heads of state in the Saudi capital, Mr Trump repeatedly attacked Iran, claiming it "funds, arms and trains militias that spread destruction and chaos", pointing to Iran's support for Syria's Bashar al-Assad as he committed "unspeakable crimes".

The US president added that people in Iran had "endured hardship and despair under their leaders' reckless pursuit of conflict and terror". Earlier, King Salman of Saudi Arabia had also railed against Iran, calling the country "the spearhead of terrorism".

Most of the 19 terrorists who murdered 3,000 people on September 11, 2001, were Saudi citizens and there have been accusations members of the Saudi hierarchy were complicit.

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Iran's foreign secretary Javad Zarif pointed out Mr Trump had himself suggested the Saudis were behind the 9/11 attacks.

Mr Zarif said: "He must enter into dialogue with them [the Saudis] about ways to prevent terrorists from continuing to fuel the fire in the region and repeating the likes of the September 11 incident by their sponsors in Western countries.

"You will find out who really knocked down the World Trade Centre because they have papers out there that are very secret. You will find it's the Saudis, you will find that is the case."

Independent News Service

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