Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamamd Javad Zarif has said that many of the terrorist groups which are actively involved in violent acts of terror in the Middle East as well as across the world are children of Saudi intelligence services.
Zarif, who appeared on Charlie Rose on Wednesday, made the remarks in response to whether Riyadh supports terrorist groups in the region.
“We know that al-Qaeda when it engaged the soviets was a child of Saudi intelligence services. We know that -- as I said, Taliban were recognized, the Taliban government, which was sponsoring al-Qaeda, was only recognized by three states. Two of them were Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates,” he said.
“I'm not here to accuse anybody,” the Iranian foreign minister said, “We've been accused by a lot of people about a lot of things and I don't know whether it's good to accuse people. What I'm saying is the ideology came from Saudi Arabia.”
He further said that all terrorist groups belong to the Salafi-Wahhabi ideology that is promoted officially by the government of Saudi Arabia and it's being spread across the world.
Referring to recent comments made Saudi Arabia’s new crown prince, Zarif said, “Actually Saudi Arabia, as has been said by the new crown prince of Saudi Arabia, is trying to take the fight to the Iranian territory.”