In a February 22 TV interview, Saudi Minister of Information and Culture 'Adel Al-Toraifi said: "Hizbullah, that terror organization involved in war crimes in Syria and elsewhere, is trying to turn Lebanon into a failing state, at the order of Tehran." Al-Toraifi, speaking on Sky News Arabia, further said that despite its nuclear agreement with the West, Iran was continuing its "aggressive conduct" in the Arab region and elsewhere.
Adel Al-Toraifi: "The IRGC has become more powerful than it was three decades ago. According to our analyses, the political succession in Iran will be influenced greatly by the IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps]. Does the IRGC want a weak Supreme Guide whom it can control? Does the IRGC want a group of guides to whom it can give instructions? Or will the IRGC seize power directly? All these scenarios are possible, but we do not expect positive signs from Iran. Despite its nuclear agreement with the West, Iran continues its aggressive conduct in the region, towards Arab countries in the region and elsewhere.
"Iran has been attacking Saudi Arabia since the 1980s, and it continues today. The attacks subsided only between 1996 and 2004, but then Iran began to interfere directly again. There is no longer anyone in Iran whom you could call 'reformist' or 'conservative.' They all use the same rhetoric, making false allegations against Saudi Arabia. They try to portray Saudi Arabia as the enemy. Psychologically, this is understandable. They want to offer the Iranian people another scapegoat, in addition to America and Israel.
"Saudi Arabia thinks that [Lebanon's vote of abstention in the Arab League] did not reflect indecision, but was a vote against [Saudi Arabia]. This was a rare instance of Lebanese opposition to Saudi Arabia in the Arab League, even though many countries that have differences with Saudi Arabia refrained from doing so, in order to protect the Arab interest. It is clear that [Lebanon] got instructions to vote from Tehran and elsewhere. Saudi aid to Lebanon has been suspended to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.
"This is an opportunity for the Lebanese politicians to rethink the situation in Lebanon. Hizbullah, that terror organization involved in war crimes in Syria and elsewhere, is trying to turn Lebanon into a failing state, at the order of Tehran."