Saudi regime happy about Being Milked by West, Iran’s Zarif Says


Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif deplored recent arms deals between Riyadh and Washington, saying that while Yemenis “remain forgotten” by the West, the Saudi regime is happy about being milked.

In a post on his Twitter account on Monday, Zarif reacted to a recent meeting between US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, during which Trump offered the prince to buy more American weapons, while joking about their price by telling Salman “that’s peanuts for you.”

“Some are exuberant to milk, and others even happier about being milked,” Zarif tweeted, adding, “Meanwhile, Yemenis, on whose backs juvenile delinquents seek to jumpstart careers, remain forgotten by the West.”

The Iranian top diplomat was referring to Western countries’ attempts to sell more arms to Saudi Arabia, which has been waging a devastating war on the defenseless Yemeni people for three years.

The US on Thursday formally approved weapons sales to Saudi Arabia totaling more than $1 billion, despite growing pressure from rights groups to halt arms deals with Riyadh.

Zarif’s comment came as Monday marked the third anniversary of the start of the Saudi-led aggression on Yemen.

Yemen’s defenseless people have been under massive attacks by the Saudi-led coalition for three years but Riyadh has reached none of its objectives in Yemen so far.

Since March 26, 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out deadly airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

Over 14,000 Yemenis, including thousands of women and children, have lost their lives in the deadly military campaign.