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Iran hurls 'support for terrorism' charge back at Saudi

AFP  |  Tehran 

today hit back at Saudi accusations that provides "support for terrorism", pointing at alleged links between and jihadists such as and the Islamic State group.

Countries in the region "will never forget the role played by in conspiring for, supporting and arming violent terrorists and extremists... such as and Daesh (IS) and other similar groups," Iran's foreign ministry said.

It also singled out Saudi support for Iraq's fallen dictator in his 1980-1988 war against Iran, its military intervention in since 2015 and its apparent rapprochement with

Iran, a bitter regional rival of with which diplomatic ties were cut in 2016, was responding to the kingdom's who yesterday referred to Tehran's "support for terrorism" during a visit to

The Wahhabist ideology which is historically linked to the Saudi monarchy has inspired the ideology of jihadist groups, and 15 of the 19 plane hijackers in the 9/11 attacks on the were Saudi nationals.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 20:45 IST
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