Iranian First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri has downplayed British Prime Minister Theresa May’s remarks against Iran, saying such comments have humiliated the Arab states in the Persian Gulf.
Speaking at the annual summit of the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council in the Bahraini capital of Manama on Wednesday, May said Britain would help the GCC states “push back” against what she claimed to be Iran’s “aggressive regional actions.”
“The British prime minister was invited to this summit to speak against Iran. Such acts are humiliating for these countries,” Jahangiri said on Saturday.
The British premier also said that her country wanted to “make a more permanent and more enduring commitment to the long-term security” of the Persian Gulf and would invest almost four billion dollars in defense spending in the region over the next 10 years.
Jahangiri further said the “Zionists and some unwise countries in the region” falsely think that they can get Iran entangled in conflicts through pressure.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is a big country in the region” and cannot be defeated through such remarks, he added.
He emphasized that Iran’s security and stability are rooted in the country’s history and said Iranians would continue to play their historic role in the future.
“Terrorist groups and Daesh have been created with the purpose of harming Iran’s security but they are undermining the security of their own supporters,” Jahangiri said.
He emphasized that Iran enjoys good conditions at a time that the Middle East is faced with tensions and chaos.
The Iranian vice president further pointed to “worrisome” developments across the world and stressed the importance of making wise decisions in line with national interests.
Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Thursday that the recent anti-Iran comments by the British prime minister prove that London is pursuing a divisive agenda.
He added that May’s remarks among “subservient regional countries are not compatible with the reality” of the Islamic Republic and “indicate Britain’s divisive policy.”