Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that Saudi Arabia is making a “strategic mistake” by believing that Iran is its “enemy” and the U.S. and Israel are its “friends”.
Rouhani also commented on the Yemeni Houthis’ attack against Saudi Arabia as well as Tehran’s relations with Riyadh.
He pointed out that Houthi fighters’ missile attack was a “reaction to aggression.”
“How should the Yemeni people react to bombardment of their country? So they are not allowed to use their own weapons? You stop the bombardment first and see if the Yemenis would not do the same,” the Iranian president said.
The remarks come days after Saudi Arabia said it intercepted a missile launched by the Houthis, describing the attack an “act of war”, and holding Iran responsible.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday said that Iran was involved in supplying arms to the Houthis, which he said “is a direct military aggression” by Tehran against Riyadh.
The Islamic Republic, however, says the allegations are contrary to reality.
Yemen has been the scene of a violent military campaign led by Saudi Arabia. The Saudi-led coalition has been conducting attacks against Yemen since 2015.
The brutal military campaign has claimed the lives of thousands of Yemeni civilians, including women and children, and left the country suffering famine.