Iran's Supreme Leader: Saudi Arabia 'cow milked' by US

Iran's Supreme Leader: Saudi Arabia 'cow milked' by US

The Iranian foreign minister further said in the best-case scenario, the U.S. president is "extorting our Saudi neighbors" and in the worst one, Trump "could be turning the United States into Saudi Arabia's mercenary in the Middle East".

Qatari Emir, for his part, felicitated Rouhani on his landslide reelection victory and the onset of holy month of Ramadan, calling for further expansion of bilateral relations.

Rouhani responded to Trump's criticism by saying stability could not be achieved in the Middle East without Iran's help."We want the rule of moderation and rationality in the relations between countries and we believe that a political solution should be a priority", the state news agency IRNA quoted Rouhani as telling Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

He underlined that regional countries need cooperation and consultations to solve the crises in the region and Iran is ready to cooperate in the field.

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Sheikh Tamim said in response that talks between Iran and Arab Gulf states should continue, according to Mr Rouhani's website.

"Khamenei's comments comes after President Trump brokered a $110 billion defense deal with the Saudis during his first foreign trip in office".

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states have become increasingly hostile towards Iran, which they accuse of trying to destabilise the region by stoking conflicts in Yemen and Syria and supporting terror groups. The stories on Qatar News Agency quoting the emir appeared days after the Riyadh summit ended.

He added that the recent crackdown on Shia Muslims in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain indicated that the "region's despots feel that they've been given carte blanche to stamp out peaceful dissent".

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