Saudi 'welcomes' US blacklisting of Iran's Guards

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Saudi 'welcomes' US blacklisting of Iran's Guards

Saudi 'welcomes' US blacklisting of Iran's Guards

IANS   ¦    Apr 09, 2019 10:03:06 PM (IST)

Saudi \'welcomes\' US blacklisting of Iran\'s Guards-1Riyadh: Saudi Arabia welcomed on Tuesday, April 9, the US decision to blacklist the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a "terrorist group", state media reported.

An official from the Saudi Foreign Ministry said that the decision was "a serious counter-terrorism step" and reiterated the renewed demands of the kingdom to the international community to fight Iran-backed terrorism, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The official called upon countries to take a "substantial role" to tackle the operations of the IRGC in disturbing international security and peace, the report said.

Designating the IRGC a "foreign terrorist organisation" on Monday, US President Donald Trump said: "This unprecedented step, led by the Department of State, recognizes the reality that Iran is not only a state sponsor of terrorism, but that the IRGC actively participates in, finances and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft."