'Don't rely on Israel!': IRGC commander 'warns' Saudi Arabia

Greater Middle East (, - Iran has said that the ruling Saudi Al-Saud dynasty should end its dependence on Israel in the context of strengthening ties between Tel Aviv and the Arab states of the Persian Gulf. It is reported by Reuters on October 21. “You rely on Israel, which is collapsing, and this will be the end of your era,” said Hossein Salami, commander-in-chief of the IRGC, calling his statement a “warning” to the ruling Al Saud family in the Kingdom.

Salami's statement contradicts recent comments by a senior adviser to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, who called for the reopening of embassies to promote rapprochement between Tehran and Riyadh:

“We are neighbors of Saudi Arabia and we must coexist. The embassies of the two countries should reopen in order to better solve our problems,” Ali Akbar Velayati said earlier.

Last year, Tehran and Riyadh began direct talks in an attempt to improve relations, which failed when diplomatic ties between the two countries were severed in 2016. Five rounds of talks have taken place in Baghdad so far, the last of which took place in April.

Saudi Arabia has declared its support for the so-called "Abraham Accords" under which the UAE and Bahrain established relations with Israel two years ago. But Riyadh did not officially recognize neighboring Israel. Israel has expressed a willingness to work militarily with its new Gulf partners, who have been publicly more reticent about such a prospect.

Shiite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia are seen as regional rivals vying for influence in the Persian Gulf. The late commander of the elite al-Quds detachment in the IRGC, General Qasem Soleimani, called the ruling Al Saud family an enemy of Iran along with Israel.

'Don't rely on Israel!': IRGC commander 'warns' Saudi Arabia