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Saudi says ‘cannot be silent’ at Iran, Hezbollah role in Syria

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Saudi Arabia regards the involvement of Iran and Hezbollah in Syria’s civil war as dangerous and believes the rebels must be offered military aid to defend themselves, the kingdom’s foreign minister said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a news conference with U.S. Secretary John Kerry in Jeddah, Prince Saud al-Faisal added that Saudi Arabia “cannot be silent” about Iranian intervention and called for a resolution to ban arms flows to the Syrian government.

“The kingdom calls for issuing an unequivocal international resolution to halt the provision of arms to the Syrian regime and states the illegitimacy of the regime,” Prince Saud said.

Kerry has returned to the Middle East after a two-day visit to India, and will continue efforts to strengthen the Syrian opposition and revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

In Jeddah, Kerry is holding discussions with Prince Saud and Saudi Arabian intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who coordinates the kingdom’s efforts to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The discussions include Washington’s plans for providing direct military support to General Salim Idriss of the Supreme Military Council, the military wing of Syria’s main civilian opposition group.

Prince Saud said the world’s top oil exporter “cannot be silent” at the intervention of Iran and Hezbollah in the Syrian conflict and renewed calls to arm the opposition and bar weapons sales to President Bashar al-Assad.

“The most dangerous development is the foreign participation, represented by Hezbollah and other militias supported by the forces of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard,” said.

“There is no logic that allows Russia to publicly arm the Syrian regime and the foreign forces that support it,” he added.

U.S. President Barack Obama has said he will arm the rebels but has not disclosed what type of assistance he will provide. Kerry is trying to ensure that the aid to the rebels is properly coordinated among the allies, in part out of concern that weapons could end up in the hands of extremist groups.

A meeting between Kerry and European and Arab counterparts in Doha last week agreed to increase support for Syria’s rebels although there was no consensus among the foreign ministers over providing arms, with Germany and Italy strongly opposed to the move.

More than 93,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict, which began as a popular protest movement against President Bashar al-Assad but has descended into a civil war with sectarian overtones.

Nearly 1.7 million refugees have fled into neighboring countries, including Lebanon, where clashes between armed groups supporting opposing sides in Syria have fuelled fears of a lapse back into sectarian civil war.

Saudi Arabia has become more actively involved in the Syrian crisis in recent months, expanding the flow of weapons to the rebels to include anti-aircraft missiles.


6 Comments on "Saudi says ‘cannot be silent’ at Iran, Hezbollah role in Syria"

  1. Plantagenet on Tue, 25th Jun 2013 11:33 pm 

    The Sunni Muslim forces (and the USA) have been losing ground against the Shia Muslim forces (and Russia).

    I’m not sure why Obama thinks the USA has a dog in this fight—-how does it matter to us if the Shia win or the Sunni win?

  2. BillT on Wed, 26th Jun 2013 3:57 am 

    Lets pull our military support out of Saudi Arabia and let them protect themselves. After all, their biggest customer is China.

  3. DC on Wed, 26th Jun 2013 4:31 am 

    I think my Irony meter just exploded…

  4. Arthur on Wed, 26th Jun 2013 6:22 am 

    The can of worms of Sunni-Shi’ite rivalry was opened on the very moment that Saddam was removed from power. The idea was that overseer Bremer would install a nice friendly democracy, and that Iraq would become the next US client state, just like SA. Game, set and oil-match Washington. Americans, and certainly people like Bremer, are racial communists. If not, you cannot build a world empire. The rest of the world outside Anglosphere however is tribal. So if you remove a dictator in a tribal world and install democracy, automatically, the largest tribe wins. In case of Iraq that is the Shia. Totally against their own interest, the US created the Shia axis Teheran-Bagdad, the one with all the oil. This is like the rise of the German empire in 1871, which overturned all relationships in Europe. Now the cat is out of the bag. Now there is additionaly Damascus added to the axis. OMG, OMfG, what have we done! The washington-London axis that until today dominates the world, tries to undo the colossal blunder it committed in 2003. From Roland Dumas we now know that it was Britain which instigated the Syrian conflict by hiring contract killers to set the country on fire. Kissinger revealed earlier this week that he favours the Balkanization of Syria:

    That is no doubt the real position of the Washington-London axis, that meanwhile has understood that a Sunni victory could be at least as dangerous for the dominant Anglo position in the ME as Assad staying in power. But the wishfull thinking of this overaged zionist warmonger is no longer relevant, the situation is completely out of control. The article makes clear that the SA satrap is p. in his pants at the thought of what might happen to his own precious little oil kingdom. All the oilprovinces in SA are inhabited by Shi’ites! You can’t make this stuff up! The US zionists behind PNAC/Clean Break, who orchestrated 9/11 to implement that policy, are now seriously risking losing control over all the oil in the ME! Meanwhile the Tehran-Bagdad-Damascus axis, backed by SCO, has enough gravitas to tempt the Shi’tes in SA to take a hike as well and show Riyad the finger. And remember folks: Shia=oil, Sunni=dessert.

  5. agramante on Wed, 26th Jun 2013 9:58 am 

    I don’t think we have much reason to get involved there either. But the biggest danger seems to be a standoff, with no clear winner, so that Syria becomes somewhat of a terrorist hideout like Afghanistan and Yemen (which it wasn’t under a firm Assad rule, like Saddam’s in Iraq).

  6. baptised on Thu, 27th Jun 2013 6:13 am 


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