(WASHINGTON, DC) - Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir said Iran has to end its military role in the Syrian conflict if it hopes to have a role in crafting a solution.
Speaking at a joint news conference today in Riyadh with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Minister Al-Jubeir reiterated Saudi Arabia’s position towards the Syrian conflict, maintaining that a political solution to the crisis does not include the presence of President Bashar Al-Assad.
"The question is: what must Iran do to be part of the solution in Syria? The answer is very simple: It has to withdraw from Syria and it has to stop supplying weapons to Bashar Al-Assad's regime and it has to withdraw the Shi'ite militias that it sent ... and then it can have a role," he said.
He said that Iran was now an “occupier of Arab lands in Syria.”
“President Al-Assad must step down,” Minister Al-Jubeir said. “If it is a matter of months, two or three months or less, that is not important. But Al-Assad has no future in Syria.”
Minister Al-Jubeir urged Iran to stop meddling in the affairs of countries in the region, including Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen.
"It is difficult to have positive relations [with Iran] when Saudi Arabia and its people are the target of continuous aggression,” he said.
"We are determined to confront any Iranian moves and we will do everything we can with what we have in political, economic and military means to protect our lands and people."