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Iran and Syria set for collision course

November 10th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Politics

Interesting statements out of Tehran and Damascus today. They seem to be taking opposite sides in the conflict in Yemen.

In northern Yemen, near the Saudi border, a group of rebels called the Houthis are fighting the country’s army. Yemen has accused Iran of funding and arming the Houthis. The rebels say Yemen is being backed by Saudi Arabia.

A few days ago a number of Houthis captured an area of Saudi territory. Saudi Arabia bombed them, but insisted it was only targeting Saudi territory – not Yemeni territory.

But this is where it gets interesting. Today, Iran’s foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki warned against foreign intervention – a thinly veiled shot across Saudi Arabia’s bows. Saudi Arabi replied defensively: “We are not going to stop the bombing until [they] retreat tens of kilometres inside [the Yemeni] border.”

And they are getting support from Syria. Just hours after the Iranian statement, Syria’s SANA news agency published the following:

“[An official Syrian] source added that Syria supports Saudi Arabia’s legitimate right to defend its sovereignty and the safety of its territories.”


4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Maysaloon // Nov 11, 2009 at 12.35 am

    No they are not, don’t be ridiculous!

  • 2 Jabi // Nov 11, 2009 at 11.57 pm

    Even when Syria had good relations with the Saudis, they had even better relations with Iran and at the same time the Saudis always had a bad relationship with Iran and vise versa ever since the iranian revolution. So I agree with maysaloon.

    I hear manouchehr mottaki is planning a visit to Riyadh soon?

  • 3 Saad Al-Haffar // Nov 15, 2009 at 1.17 pm

    Common sense prevails. Regional borders and customs should be respected. Those who do not respect boundaries should not be surprised when pushed back. Saudi autorities need to do what they are doing in the interest of preventing any further molestation of Saudi territory.

  • 4 norman // Nov 16, 2009 at 5.48 am

    Syria never supported a rebel group against any Arab country or government , Syria wants the Arab to unite not divide.

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