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WorldIran's Rouhani blames U.S., Saudi for conflict in region

11:10  18 september  2019
11:10  18 september  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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DUBAI, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday Tehran did not want conflict in the region and accused the United States and a Saudi-led military coalition of starting a war in Yemen, according to Iranian news agencies.

Iran's Rouhani blames U.S., Saudi for conflict in region © Erdem Sahin/Pool via REUTERS Iran's President Hassan Rouhani is pictured during a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Erdogan in Ankara, Turkey, September 16, 2019. Erdem Sahin/Pool via REUTERS

"We don't want conflict in the region... Who started the conflict? Not the Yemenis. It was Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, America, certain European countries and the Zionist regime (Israel) which started the war in this region," Rouhani said in a video carried by Iran's media.

Rouhani says Iran-aligned Houthis had attacked Saudi oil facilities at the weekend as a "warning," after attacks on hospitals, schools and markets in Yemen which have been blamed on the Saudi-led coalition.

(Reporting by Dubai newsroom Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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