Saudi Arabia and Jordan on Monday rejected Iran’s policy of “interference” in the region’s internal affairs, saying that such an interference ignites sectarian strife and is instrumental in rising terrorism, reports The Saudi Gazette.
They also warned Iran against continuing its current approach that deepened the conflicts in the region in a way undermining its security.
The comments came in a joint statement issued at the conclusion of a visit to Jordan by Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman and following his meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah.
The two leaders underscored the need for strengthening political consultation between the two countries in order to resolve regional crises, and stressed the importance of maintaining the territorial integrity, sovereignty and stability of the countries in the region.
Saudi Arabia and Jordan agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding to establish a joint investment fund between the two countries.
Saudi Arabia and Iran are regional rivals and the tensions between them have risen in recent months.
Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, recently accused Saudi Arabia of trying to “drag the entire region into confrontation”.
His Saudi counterpart, Adel Al-Jubeir, has repeatedly called on Iran to stop its “meddling” in the affairs of the kingdom's neighbors.
The tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia resurfaced in the wake of a deadly stampede in Saudi Arabia during the hajj pilgrimage, in which more than half of the victims were Iranian, and then again when protesters attacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran, following which Saudi Arabia severed ties with Iran.
And most recently, the Gulf States led by Saudi Arabia blacklisted Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran, as a terrorist organization. The move raised the ire of both Iran and Hezbollah itself.