Saudi, US Agree to Confront Iran's 'Destabilizing Regional Behavior'

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On the plane that took him from Saudi Arabia to Israel, Pompeo came back on the subject, saying that the Gulf countries would find ways to reconcile.

He went on to add, "this cooperation has so far led to adverse consequences for the Middle East, such as deteriorating crises, insecurity and instability, as well as the continuation of violence, enmity and lack of trust among regional countries".

"As long as this unholy expansionist partnership exists, the regional nations will barely savour the taste of security and tranquility along with human and economic development". "Iran destabilises this entire region", he said yesterday.

"What the USA secretary of state has said about the Islamic Republic of Iran's role and presence in some regional countries is just a rehash of baseless claims", the spokesman said.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic and transport links with Qatar on June 5, accusing the country of supporting Sunni extremist groups and Iranian-backed Shiite militants.

Pompeo also pressed the Saudis to ease up on their blockade of Yemen and allow more aid to reach civilians, mindful of the growing threat to regional stability and embarrassing distraction from the USA agenda posed by the civil war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Such charges are "a false problem, created exclusively for the objective of diverting the attention of worldwide public opinion from the atrocities committed by Saudi Arabia in its daily attacks" in Yemen, he said.