attacked the Gulf states for backing Iraq and again urged Iraqi Shins to overthrow the nnathist government; he did not comment on the AW ACS. s also publicly criticized the AKACS deployment but wan careful to say that the decision was one for Saudi Arabia alone to take.
Tehran probably hopes to encourage Saudi Shias to demonstiatc their opposition to the AKACS later this month during the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, the Ha'j. Last year Iranian pilgrims staged pro-Khoociniin Mecca and urged Saudi Shias to riot against the royal family. Saudi authorities arc concerned that the Iranians will do so again this year and havetheir security forces in Shia towns.Original document.