In Paris, the group's spokesman Shahin Ghobadi said in response to the Iranian official's statement that "the notion that the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran has funded ambassador Bolton or any other American officials is simply a lie and is a mere joke."In a speech at an opposition group event near Paris in July, Bolton expressed hope that Iran's government would be toppled "by 2019".
The Minister of State, Cabinet's member and Acting Minister of Culture and Information, Dr. Essam bin Saad bin Saeed, said in a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following the session that the Cabinet praised US President Donald Trump's appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, upon his meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Vice President of the Council of Ministers, and Minister of Defense during his current official visit to the US.
The money was from both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which is Riyadh's main ally in the destructive war on Yemen.
The Houthis expelled pro-government forces from the capital Sanaa in September 2014 and went on to seize swathes of the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country.
Saudi Arabia is leading a mostly Arab military coalition to fight Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen since March 2015.
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The Saudis have maintained the narrative that Iran is behind the Yemen War throughout, but have struggled to prove the weapons smuggling they allege.
In a recent statement, Amnesty International said that U.S. and United Kingdom arms sales to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen made a "mockery" of global arms treaties and has resulted in "enormous harm" to civilians, agencies reported. If not for them, who knows what danger Iran would have been able to inflict on the other people of the Middle East.
Analysts said that while a direct Saudi-Iranian showdown is unlikely, miscalculation remains a risk. But they also support Riyadh's argument that it needs to defend itself from cross-border strikes and limit the spread of Iran's imprint in territory overlooking important trade routes. More than 1 million cholera cases have been reported, the worst outbreak in modern history.
In a Tuesday statement, Iran's Foreign Ministry said that the Saudi rulers can not cover up their repeated defeats in Yemen by levelling accusations against others.