What Zarif forgot during his Davos speech

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir’s response to his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif at Davos was calm, to say the least. Zarif, who generally looks surprised, on the other hand spoke as if he was representing a Scandinavian country.

He passionately and warmly spoke about relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran and voiced his surprise to the world on how relations reached this level of estrangement.

Zarif forgot that Iran supports Houthi militias in Yemen, sends weapons to kill Saudis on the borders and facilitates Hezbollah’s presence in Houthi areas to train them. A leaked video showed a Hezbollah commander planning suicide operations in the heart of Riyadh.

Zarif also forgot that his country supports 50 terrorist factions in Iraq, murders and displaces Sunnis and terrorizes the Lebanese people. Iran has designated Hezbollah as supreme guide of the republic of Lebanon and there’s nothing left to do but call it the “Islamic Republic of Lebanon.”

Zarif forgot that Iran supports Houthi militias in Yemen, sends weapons to kill Saudis on the borders and facilitates Hezbollah’s presence in Houthi areas to train them

Turki Aldakhil

Spread of terror

Zarif, who’s always surprised, forgot Iran’s role in bombings which harmed civilians. Iran has been carrying out these operations since the Iranian revolution. He forgot about the assassination of pilgrims during the past 30 years and how Iran spread terror among Muslims in Mecca.

Zarif also forgot about Iranian followers’ involvement in the assassination of prime ministers, ministers, members of parliament, journalists and writers in Lebanon.

Zarif, who looked like a gentle dove, as if his regime’s hands are not stained with the blood of Sunnis, Shiites, Christians and of those who oppose it, forgot all about that.

This article was first published in Okaz on Jan 26, 2017.
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Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.

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