Saudi FM: Iran shouldn’t get ‘deals it doesn’t deserve’

Prince Saud al-Faisal warns Houthis to end their coup in Yemen or face "measures"

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Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said on Monday that Iran should not be given “deals it does not deserve,” in reference to the looming nuclear agreement between Tehran and the major powers.

Prince al-Faisal made the statement during a joint press conference with visiting British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in Riyadh.

The Saudi top diplomat said Iran was conducting “aggressive policies, and interfering in the countries of the region and [seeking to] acquire a nuclear weapon that threatens regional and international security.”

“It is impossible to give Iran deals it does not deserve,” Prince al-Faisal said, according to Al Arabiya Net.

Yemen crisis

He said the “dangerous escalation in Yemen” was at the top of his discussion with the UK foreign secretary.

The solution in Yemen cannot be reached without the Houthis ending their power takeover in Sanaa, Prince al-Faisal said.

“The Houthi coup threatens the security and stability of Yemen, the region and the world,” he said, warning that “if the Houthi coup does not end peacefully, we will take the necessary measures for this crisis to protect the region.”

He added that a planned Yemen peace conference in Riyadh was open to the Shiite rebels, urging a fast response by “all parties” to the Gulf initiative for peace talks.

Regarding the crisis in Syria, al-Faisal said Assad should not have a role in Syria's transition, a point also noted by Hammond.

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