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Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani (Reuters)

Manama –Iran should change its policies in the region and Saudi Arabia plays an important role in fighting terrorism, two Bahraini and Yemeni officials confirmed.

The officials’ statement came in response to President Hassan Rouhani’s announcement asking Saudi Arabia to “take the right decision”, end its military intervention in Yemen and stop what he called its meddling in Bahraini affairs.

Bahraini Minister of Information Affairs Ali al-Rumaihi told Asharq al-Awsat that it’s about time Iran change its policies in the region so that everyone can cooperate with it. He pointed out that Saudi Arabia has never interfered in the domestic Bahraini affairs, and is rather a supporter of what is best for the Bahraini kingdom.

Rumaihi pointed out that Saudi Arabia is fighting terrorism and has a vital role in the stability and security of the region.

The Bahraini minister added that Rouhani’s statement should be directed at Iran, because it should change its strategies.

Yemeni government spokesperson Rajeh Badi said that Iran ignited the war in Yemen, adding that Rouhani’s announcement is the biggest evidence of its involvement in the ongoing struggle.

The spokesperson confirmed that Riyadh didn’t intervene in Yemeni affairs and is fighting terrorism.

Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat, Badi said that Saudi Arabia backed the legitimacy in Yemen and led an Arab coalition to support Yemen. He added that Iran and its militias, Houthi and Saleh, have been defeated in Saada, Maerib, and other districts.

According to Badi, what Rouhani said reflects Iran’s suffer due to its failure.

The spokesperson wondered who initiated the war, stressing that if Tehran seriously intended to stop the war, it should have suspended Houthi and Saleh’s militias. He added that both Houthi and Saleh formed a coalition sponsored by Iran.