Iranian Speaker’s Advisor: Trump in Riyadh for Business Purposes

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Senior Advisor to the Iranian Parliament Speaker Hossein Amir Abdollahian underlined that US President Donald Trump is presently in Riyadh to pursue the Saudi leaders’ proposal to invest in that country’s infrastructural projects.

“Trump’s trip to Riyadh most likely follows up on Saudis’ proposal for investment up to $200 billion in infrastructure and energy sectors,” Amir Abdollahian said.

He reiterated that the Saudi regime’s credibility does not rely on “democracy” and “support for its people”; rather, it has always been indebted to its reliance on the US.

“In turn, the US uses Saudi Arabia as a tool to achieve its own interests in the region,” Amir Abdollahian added.

“Ever since Saudi Arabia sunk itself in Yemen’s swamp, it began to think of forming an Arab NATO to attract more support from American and Arab military forces,” he added.

Amir Abdollahian pointed to Trump’s backing of the Arab NATO, and said, “The idea for forming an Arab NATO may find coverage in the media, but differences in the Arab world are just too many to allow a union like that to happen.”

Asked about the future of Tehran-Riyadh relations and hostile stance taken by Saudi Arabia against Iran and the Saudi regime’s wrong approaches in the region, he said, “Saudi Arabia wrongly assumes that by relying on foreign powers and raising baseless claims against Iran it can actually introduce itself as the leader of the Muslim world.”

Tehran has always welcomed relations with Riyadh based on mutual respect, he stressed.

In relevant remarks on Saturday, Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council (EC) Mohsen Rezayee called on President Trump, who is on a visit to Riyadh, to ask his hosts about the reason for the lack of democracy and freedom in Saudi Arabia.

“Mr. Trump! You entered Riyadh under the conditions that the Iranian nation created a great epic and won the world people’s admiration. Our nation’s move showed that Iran is full of freedom and democracy,” Rezayee, a former IRGC top commander, wrote on his Instagram page on Saturday.

“Don’t you want to ask your hosts why there is no freedom and democracy in Saudi Arabia?” he asked.

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