Gulf states back Saudi in its fight against ‘terrorism’

Smoke rises from Saudi Arabia’s embassy during a demonstration at in Tehran.

Smoke rises from Saudi Arabia’s embassy during a demonstration at in Tehran.

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Sunday expressed support for Saudi Arabia’s ongoing fight against “terrorism.”

The six-member regional bloc’s secretary general Abdullatif al-Zayani said that the GCC, which includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi, “stands side by side” with Riyadh, holding Iran as responsible.

His remarks came after Tehran lashed out at Riyadh for the executions of 47 people, include Shiite preacher Nimr al-Nimr and al-Qaeda ideologue Fares al-Shuwail .

Early Sunday, Saudi’s embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad were attacked by Iranian protesters in reaction to Nimr’s death.

The Gulf states – especially Bahrain – have long-accused Tehran of meddling in their affairs.

Kuwait on Sunday also expressed its backing of Saudi measures aimed at safeguarding the kingdom’s national security.

Meanwhile, Jordan condemned the storming of the Saudi embassy and consulate by Iranian protestors, calling the act a “flagrant violation of international law,” the official Saudi Press Agency quoted a Jordanian minister as saying.

The country’s minister of state for media affairs said Jordan stands in solidarity with Saudi against extremism and terrorism, denouncing Iranian interference.


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