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TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman called on Saudi Arabia to change its course and abandon its policy of inflaming tensions throughout the region.
“For decades, Wahabism—nurtured by colonial powers—has been *the* source of bigotry, hatred & terrorism in our region — and beyond. Fact: Every terrorist group in our region has graduated from Saudi-funded Madrassas. No amount of Saudi obfuscation can hide this ugly reality,” Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a tweet on Thursday.

He was referring to the official Saudi ideology that is marked by antipathy towards the people subscribing to other schools of thought, moderate mindsets, and established Abrahamic religious practices.

The ideology has been informing Takfiri terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and Daesh that consider people, who are unlike themselves, to be worthy of death at their hands. The groups have slain thousands throughout the region, especially in Iraq and Syria, and elsewhere over the past decades.

In a follow-up post, he added, “Their atrocities in #Yemen, & the infamous Khashoggi case are just some of their other stunts. The latest: standing alongside the leading state-sponsor of terrorism against Palestinians. Saudis must change course. The policy of inflaming tension is no longer tenable”.

His remarks came in response to former Saudi foreign minister and current Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir’s insulting comments targeting Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Zarif had earlier blamed the kingdom, the US, and Israel for cooperating with one another to enable the Friday assassination near Tehran of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a senior Iranian nuclear scientist.