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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Riyadh. Reuters

As expected, Iran and Syria weren’t invited to the Arab-Islamic-US summit that was concluded in Riyadh on Sunday. There are several reasons but the result is one: isolating them.

Whether they weren’t invited or they didn’t attend, it is all the same. Certainly, if they were present they wouldn’t have been in a good situation after hearing the words of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and US President Donald Trump who were clear that the Iranian regime sponsors terrorism and spreads extremism.

King Salman stated that the Iranian regime is the spearhead of international terrorism since the revolution of Khomeini and until today. Trump said that Iran is spreading destruction and chaos in the region and is responsible for funding terrorism and must be isolated by all countries of the world.

During a joint press conference with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that Iran and Syria did not attend the Riyadh Summit and must stop triggering sectarianism and meddling in the affairs of the region’s countries.

Tillerson affirmed that Iran should stop its support to terrorism and its interference in the affairs of Yemen, Iraq and Syria as well as its backing to Lebanon’s “Hezbollah”.

Iran has had a golden opportunity to achieve its strategy through importing its revolution so it exploited the developments in the Arab world. Yemen became a theatre, Iraq was taken hostage by its militias and Syria became another point in the quest to achieve the strategy of chaos in the region.

The case is the same in Yemen that is in distress because of the crimes committed by the Houthis – the military and political arm of Iran in the troubled republic.