Saudi envoy to US responds to Iranian President: Arab lands are for Arabs

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Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the US Prince Khalid bin Salman responded on Thursday to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s historical claims on Gulf countries by saying that “Arab lands are for Arabs.”

“The (Iranian) regime represents the biggest threat to stability in our region, and it is still holding on to its expansionist dreams. In their revolution’s 40th anniversary speech, the regime’s President unveiled their expansionist intentions by claiming that Arab lands in the Arabian Gulf are part of their lands, calling the area ‘Southern Iran’. Arab lands are for Arabs, and the honorable Yemen and Coalition actions speak louder than illusionary speeches,” the Prince tweeted in Arabic.

Prince Khalid also called Rouhani’s rhetoric dangerous and expansionist.

“Rouhani’s dangerous & expansionist rhetoric is a reminder that this regime has not moderated” Prince Khalid said in another tweet.

“Sadly, it appears that it will continue to waste the Iranian nation’s wealth on funding terrorism and radical militias,” he added.

The Prince also described the overall situation of Iran after the Islamic Revolution using the hashtag #40YearsOfFailure and saying that 40 years ago “the Ayatollah landed in Iran and ushered a reign of terror and destruction.”


Comparing Iran’s economy to Saudi Arabia’s, Prince Khalid said that in 1979, the two economies were the same size, however, today, Saudi Arabia’s GDP is double that of Iran’s and its GDP per capita increased tenfold, while Iran’s has fallen by more than half.


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday laid historical claims to a number of Arabian Gulf countries without naming them.

“Hundred years ago, a large part of Iran was separated. In those parts, many countries in the south of the Gulf have formed,” Rouhani said. In addition to the Arab countries Rouhani also laid claims to several areas including parts of land that are currently in Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia.

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