In this footage from an interview broadcast on Iranian state TV news, President Rouhani says, with no apparent sense of irony, that the Iranian regime’s problem with Saudi Arabia is not an Iranian-Saudi problem but concerns Saudi Arabia’s interventions in Yemen. The Iranian president also accuses Saudi of supporting terrorist groups, although, predictably, he does not mention Iran’s interventions in Yemen and across the region or the Tehran regime’s massive military and financial backing for the Houthi militias in Yemen, or for Hezbollah in Yemen, Lebanon, and Syria, or for its other proxy terror groups and militias present in Yemen and across the region.
In the interview from Iran’s Channel One, Rouhani says: “Our problem with Saudi Arabia is not an Iranian-Saudi problem, but concerns Saudi Arabia’s interventions in Yemen, Saudi interferences, and their assistance to terrorist groups. I hope that they have now reached the understanding that this path is not the answer, meaning that they should give Yemen back to its people and leave them alone. Also, aiding terrorists is detrimental to all, so they should assist [by ending this support]. If these two issues are resolved, I think we won’t have too many problems with each other.”