Mon Feb 8, 2016 11:22AM
Iranian Armed Forces' Chief of Staff Major General Hassan Firouzabadi
Iranian Armed Forces' Chief of Staff Major General Hassan Firouzabadi

A top Iranian military commander has criticized the United States for its complicity with Saudi Arabia in the kingdom's ‘malicious’ policies in West Asia, saying Washington is after the low-price Saudi oil.

Iranian Armed Forces' Chief of Staff Major General Hassan Firouzabadi said on Monday that Riyadh’s successive failures in political and economic arenas as well as its support of terrorism have weakened the Saudi kingdom.

Firouzabadi further said that the Israeli regime, which is suffering from “utter frustration, has now taken over the reins of” Saudi policies.

He said that “no Muslim country in West Asia and North Africa has remained immune to plots [hatched] by the evil triangle of the US, the Zionist regime and Al Saud.”

The Iranian commander further called on Muslims to remain vigilant and not allow the Americans to interfere in their region.

Firouzabadi made the remarks in an apparent reaction to Saudi Arabia’s decision to send troops to Syria.

“Al Saud and the US have no way but to stop oppression, bloodshed and hollow threats and intimidation against regional countries and reconsider their failed policies” so that peace could be restored in the region.

Saudi Arabia said on February 4 that it is ready to participate in any ground operations in Syria if the US-led coalition decides to start such operations. US State Department spokesman, John Kirby, welcomed the Saudi decision. 

Saudi Arabia is a member of the so-called US-led coalition that has been conducting air raids against what are claimed to be the Daesh terrorists inside Syria without any authorization from the Syrian government or a UN mandate since September 2014. The US-led strikes have, on many occasions, targeted Syria’s infrastructures and left many civilians dead.

Earlier, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said that any “ground intervention on Syrian territory without government authorization would amount to an aggression that must be resisted.”