Iran’s Ambassador to the UN Gholamali Khoshroo said that comments made by Saudi Arabian Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman are “unveiled threat” against Iran and violation of the UN Charter. Khoshroo’s remarks came in a protest letter to the UN Security Council and to Secretary General António Guterres. Mohammed bin Salman, who is also the deputy crown prince, said in a televised interview aired on Tuesday that “we won’t wait for the battle to be in Saudi Arabia. Instead, we’ll work so that the battle is for them in Iran”. Following is full text of Khoshroo’s letter published by IRNA: Upon instructions from my Government, I wish to bring to your attention the recent unlawful and inflammatory statement made by Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — who is also the Defense Minister of Saudi Arabia. On 2 May 2017, Prince Mohammed bin Salman stated, ‘We will work so that the battle is on their side, inside Iran, not in Saudi Arabia.’ While categorically rejecting the baseless allegations against my country, I wish to underline that his statement reflects an unveiled threat against the Islamic Republic of Iran, in violation of Article 2(4) of the UN Charter, as well as a clear admission of the long-known complicity of the Saudi regime in acts of terror and violence inside Iran, the latest of which resulted in the murder of 9 Iranian border guards, by the Saudi-financed armed bands. This blatant threat and admission is being made by a regime with a long record of supporting aggression and using terrorist and extremist groups for its short-sighted and dangerous ambitions in the region and beyond.
Interior minister of Pakistan Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Wednesday that in a meeting with his visiting Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, the two believed that Iran and Pakistan are ‘two countries with one soul’. “In the meeting with my brother Mohammad Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of Iran, we decided to send a message from this meeting to the world that the two brotherly countries of Iran and Pakistan are ‘two countries with one soul”, Ali Khan told IRNA in a phone conversation. The Iranian foreign minister arrived in Pakistan earlier on Wednesday leading a top-ranking delegation on a day-long visit. He is scheduled to meet with a number of officials of Pakistan to discuss recent border incident which resulted in martyrdom of a number of the Iranian border guards. Ali Khan told IRNA that his meeting with the Iranian foreign minister was ‘a meeting between two brothers representing two countries, whose people have strong cultural, historical and religious ties. “I think it is the wish of the people of Pakistan and also people of Iran that two countries should work closely in all fields”. Ali Khan added that the case of Iran and Pakistan is a case of two countries with one soul and there are too many common bonds between them. “Yes there are small irritants and we have decided to work on fast track basis to remove these small problems”. Ali Khan stressed.