Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader has responded to Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman’s comments of calling him ‘the new Hitler’.
Iran’s supreme leader responded through its foreign ministry which described Prince Mohammed bin Salman as “immature” and said he rather should “ponder the fate” of regional dictators.
Bahram Qasemi, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman considered the comments of “adventurist” crown prince of being “immature, inconsiderate, and baseless”, the semi-official Isna news agency reported.
“I strongly advise him to think and ponder upon the fate of the famous dictators of the region in the past few years now that he is thinking of considering their policies and behaviour as a role model,” he said.
Saudi Arabia’s crown prince alluded to Iran’s growing regional power when he said it was important to avoid a repeat “of what happened in Europe in the Middle East”.
“We learned from Europe that appeasement doesn’t work. We don’t want the new Hitler in Iran to repeat what happened in Europe in the Middle East,” he said, referring to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Over the years, both countries have fueled their rivalry by increasingly accusing each other of instigating instability across the region.
Both countries have also accused one another of trying to destabilise Lebanon, where the pro-Saudi prime minister Saad Haririr leads a coalition including the Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement.
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