MP Urges Arab Rulers to Stop Helping Militarization of Middle-East by West

20 Feb

MP Urges Arab Rulers to Stop Helping Militarization of Middle-East by West

TEHRAN (FNA)- Member of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Esmayeel Kosari called on the Middle-East’s Arab rulers, specially Saudi Arabia, to stop helping militarization of the region by the western colonial powers.

Kosari’s remarks came after Saudi Arabia announced that it will purchase German patrol ships after Riyadh and Berlin signed a deal for purchase of NBC armored reconnaissance tanks, battle tanks and armored transport vehicles in 2012.

“The weapons that are provided to the Arab states in the region with the goal of spreading fear and intimidation among the Middle-East’s countries, will one day be used against the West itself,” Kosari said on Tuesday.

The lawmaker reiterated that the Middle-East’s countries should avoid helping the West to militarize the region.

The legislator said that the flow of western arms into the Middle East is due to the bankruptcy of military companies hit by economic crisis in Europe and the US.

Last month, a senior member of the Saudi royal family said that Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad should be given anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons to “level the playing field” in their war.

Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former chief of Saudi intelligence and the brother of the kingdom’s current foreign minister, said at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January that he was no longer in government and did not need to be diplomatic, but “assumed” weapons were being sent to the rebels. He said it would be a “terrible mistake” if they were not.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia became the first Arab leader to call openly for armed support for the anti-Assad opposition after unrests began in March 2011. Along with Qatar, Turkey and the UAE, the Saudis are believed to be the rebels’ principal suppliers and financiers. But public discussion of the issue is extremely rare and the demarcation between government and private initiatives is blurred.

Earlier this week, Turki also insisted that the Arab world did not have the capability to handle the crisis alone, clearly implying that western governments should get more closely involved. “It doesn’t have the air force, the navy, the army, the intelligence-gathering machinery to go and surgically stop this fighting,” he said.

In December, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi called for the withdrawal of the trans-regional troops from the region, underlining that regional nations are the only ones who can establish sustainable stability and security in the Middle-East.

Fadavi made the remarks in a conference focusing on the Persian Gulf and Hormuz Strait.

Washington is not capable of bringing sustainable stability to the region, the commander stressed, adding that the regional Muslim nations are able to maintain the security of the region.

Early in December, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said security and stability in the Middle-East can be realized only through the close cooperation of the regional states.

“Through cooperation and convergence among the regional countries, a stable security can be created in the region,” Vahidi said.

He went on to say that only the Middle-Eastern countries are capable of safeguarding regional security and stability.

Vahidi underscored the importance of self-reliance in security issues and called on the regional countries to adopt strategies aimed at achieving self-sufficiency in the defense sector.

Iranian officials have repeatedly warned the trans-regional states, specially the US, to pull their troops and warships out of the Persian Gulf, underlining the necessity for the establishment of security in the Persian Gulf through extensive and all-out cooperation among the regional states.

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