Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has described Saudi Arabia's ongoing military aggression in Yemen as a big mistake, saying the venture will certainly backfire on the kingdom.
“The Saudis committed a big mistake in Yemen and the impacts of the crimes they have committed will certainly backfire on them,” Ayatollah Khamenei said Wednesday in a meeting with the visiting Iraqi President Fuad Masum.
Ayatollah Khamenei further called the logic used by Saudi Arabia to attack Yemen as “silly,” saying “They [the Saudis] attacked Yemen based on a request by the fugitive and resigned [former] president of Yemen [Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi] who betrayed his country in the most sensitive conditions.”
Ayatollah Khamenei also stated that the surge in terrorist activities in the Middle East benefits those seeking instability in the region, saying the presence of Takfiri groups in Syria and Iraq serves the interests of Israel.
The Leader also described the current state of relations between Iran and Iraq as “unprecedented” and called for closer relations between the two neighbors.
The Iraqi president, for his part, hailed the Leader’s role in strengthening relations between Tehran and Baghdad.
Masum said the Iraqi government and nation will never forget the assistance provided by the Islamic Republic of Iran to their country in the most unbearable conditions, especially during the offensive by the ISIL terrorist group.