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    Saudi Arabia Hails US Decision to Recognize Iran's IRGC as Terrorists - Reports

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    DOHA (Sputnik) - Saudi Arabia welcomes Washington's decision to recognize Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization, Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday, citing an unnamed high-ranking source in the Saudi Foreign Ministry.

    "Saudi Arabia welcomes US decision as a significant practical step within the counter-terror efforts," the source told the official Saudi Press Agency.

    The source added that Washington's move followed Saudi Arabia's multiple calls on the international community to fight terrorist organizations allegedly supported by Iran.

    "The global community should take a firm stance considering IRGC's role in breaching peace and security," the source said.

    US President Donald Trump announced in a press release on Monday that his administration would designate IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization. Iran, in response, accused the US government of supporting terrorism and recognized the US Central Command as a terrorist organization.

    Saudi Arabia cut off diplomatic ties with Iran in January 2016 as a response to attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran, triggered by execution of prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi authorities.

    Riyadh has repeatedly slammed the IRGC, founded in 1979 in order to counter left-wing opposition groups, as terrorists, calling on the United States to recognize it as a terrorist organization. Riyadh has substantiated these calls with claims that the IRGC supports extremists' terrorist activities in Shiite communities in the east of Saudi Arabia and in Bahrain.


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