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ANALYSIS: How the Iranian regime and its press reacted to Trump’s Saudi visit

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The YJC news website with links to the Iranian security apparatus - known for its media support for what Iran calls “defenders of al-Haram,” Iranian and foreign fighters in Syria and loyal to Tehran - published a photo of US President Donald Trump taking part in the traditional Saudi ardha dance during his visit to Saudi Arabia and described it as a “dance against Iran”.

Iranian media abroad, especially financially supported by Western countries like Britain and US, published extracts from an article by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif. In the article, he attacked Trump and Saudi Arabia, accusing it of “terrorism,” ignoring the official and announced role of his country in supporting militias such as Hezbollah, Houthi militias and the Syrian regime.

UK-funded BBC Persian published an article written by the channel’s correspondent in Cairo Mehrdad Farahmand in which he attacked the “Islamic Coalition to combat Terrorism” led by Saudi Arabia, saying that Trump is going in the same direction of the former US President George W. Bush for the region.

Bi-polar reactions

In an interview with Al Arabiya, Dr. Hassan Hashemian, an expert in Iranian affairs, spoke concerning the Iranian confusion about the Trump's visit Riyadh: “Iranian responses to Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia varied from the foreign ministry to the security and foreign affairs committees in parliament. While Zarif ridiculed this visit and used offensive words to describe this visit, the Security and Foreign Affairs Committee of the Iranian Parliament said that Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia is just a new alignment against what they call ‘the Resistance Front’.”

“This was detailed in the statements and positions of Iran’s officials. As for what is going on in the behind the scenes of Iranian policy towards the Kingdom and the countries of the region, there is a clear and deep fear in the pillars of the rule of al-Faqih from the changing of US strategies in the region.” Hashemian said.

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