Tehran says the recent visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel by U.S. President Donald Trump is aimed at expanding relations between Riyadh and Tel Aviv.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Wednesday that Trump was pursuing different goals by his Middle East tour, including inciting Iranophobia, selling U.S. weapons and bolster relations between the Zionist regime and Saudi Arabia.
“It is unacceptable that the president of a country which claims to be advocate of democracy and human rights starts his first foreign trip with regions that lack democracy, respect for human rights and freedom,” Qassemi said.
He further said that despite its enemies’ warmongering approaches and attempts to destabilize the region, Iran will continue moving on the path of peace and interaction with its neighbors.
During his visit to Saudi Arabia, Trump signed a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia.
In his first foreign trip, Trump repeatedly blasted Iran for its “aggressive behavior”, saying, “No matter where we go we see the signs of Iran in the Middle East. … Yemen, Iraq, no matter where we are we see the signs, whether it’s soldiers, whether it’s money and guns. Instead of saying thank you to the United States, they now feel emboldened.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hit back at Trump on Monday, describing his visit to Riyadh as empty theatrics and mocking his support for a monarchy that has “never seen a ballot box.”