Saudi Arabia is a fierce enemy of and not a supporter of terrorism, the head of Saudi National Guard said in an indirect response to accusations by Hezbollah.
“Saudi Arabia was one of the first countries to combat terrorism,” said Prince Mataab Bin Abdullah, stressing that the kingdom is harmed by the phenomenon.
Abdullah’s comment came few days after Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah had said that the kingdom was responsible for stopping the spread of fundamentalist ideology.
Nasrallah said that takfiri terrorism is based on a “Wahhabist mentality," grounded in the puritanical religious movement named after an 18th century preacher, Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab.
“Saudi Arabia bares primary responsibility for preventing the spread of this ideology,” Nasrallah said during an Ashoura ceremony in Beirut’s southern suburbs.
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