Speaking in an interview with Lebanon-based and Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news network on Thursday evening, Zarif described Zionist regime’s policies towards regional nations as vicious, stressing that Israeli authorities seek to conceal truth and advance their aggressive plots through the language of threats.
“We have never expected Zionist regime to adopt a peaceful and non-violent approach. We have got used to Israel’s policies over the past years,” he commented.
The top Iranian diplomat also reiterated Tehran’s preparedness to offer support and assistance to bring about national unity among Palestinians, terming the issue as an urgent “priority” for the Islamic Republic.
Zarif then pointed to the resistance against the Israeli regime’s aggressive acts, saying Tel Aviv’s aggression against the besieged Gaza Strip and Lebanon taught the regime that Palestinian and Lebanese nations are not soft targets.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Zarif pointed to Saudi Arabia and Israel’s concurrent attempts to heap pressure on Iran, saying the Riyadh and Tel Aviv regimes joined efforts since the beginning of nuclear talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany to sabotage the negotiations.
“They explored all available avenues and exerted excessive pressure. We predict that they are still pushing ahead with such efforts,” he said.
“I advise Saudi Arabia to cooperate with us instead of collaborating with others in a bid to harm Iran. Countries that commit erroneous acts must offer apologies to Iran. This is not our mistake that some countries have decided to invade Yemen for no clear reason, and support Daesh and Nusra Front terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq,” Zarif stated.
He said Tehran and Riyadh could have good relations.