British PM warns on Iran’s “destabilizing” influence

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LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May warned against Iran’s “destabilizing regional behavior” during a visit to Saudi Arabia.

Above, British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, met with King Salman where they discussed regional security and stability. (SPA)

Meeting with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, May noted Britain’s shared concerns about Iran and agreed that more work was needed “to bring the international community together to counter it.”

She also raised the situation in Yemen and emphasized the need to re-open supply channels to facilitate the movement of vital aid to avert a humanitarian catastrophe.

“They agreed that steps needed to be taken as a matter of urgency to address this and that they would take forward more detailed discussions on how this could be achieved,” a Downing Street spokesperson said.

Saudi Arabia closed major ports in response to security concerns after Houthi militias fired a missile toward Riyadh on Nov. 6 but has since partially re-opened some hubs.

During the meeting, regional security and stability were discussed, noting the positive progress made in Iraq in the fight against Daesh.

May also expanded on Britain’s previous messages of support for the Saudi Vision 2030, the Kingdom’s blueprint for social and economic reform.