News ID: 303010
Published: 0510 GMT May 12, 2021

Tehran ready for close ties with Riyadh: Zarif

Tehran ready for close ties with Riyadh: Zarif

Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday voiced the country’s readiness to establish close ties with Saudi Arabia.

"We are ready for a close relationship with Saudi Arabia as we have always been ready," said Zarif who arrived in Syria earlier on Wednesday to discuss major bilateral and regional issues with Syrian officials, Mehr News Agency reported.

"We have had talks with Saudi Arabia and we hope that these contacts will be fruitful through further cooperation between Iran and Saudi Arabia for peace and security in the region," he said hoping that Tehran-Riyadh talks would end in favor of Yemen, which is suffering from a great humanitarian catastrophe.

The Iranian foreign minister is in Syria on Wed. to meet high-ranking Syrian government officials and exchange views on bilateral and regional issues, and review the latest developments in the occupied territories and the Zionist regime's encroachments on Muslim shrines.

In recent weeks, the Iranian Foreign Minister has traveled to Qatar, Iraq, Kuwait, and Oman as part of Ramadan diplomacy, meeting with officials in those countries to discuss bilateral issues and regional and international developments.

Riyadh cut its ties with Tehran in 2016 after protestors stormed Saudi diplomatic missions following the kingdom's execution of a revered Shia cleric.

Tehran and Riyadh are also on opposing sides in conflicts from Syria to Yemen.

Saudi Arabia's crown prince has lately struck a conciliatory tone toward Iran, saying he sought "good" relations, after sources said the two nations held talks in Iraq.

"Iran is a neighboring country, and all we aspire for is a good and special relationship with Iran," Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) said in a television interview broadcast late Tuesday, AFP reported.

Reacting on the potential negotiations between Iran and Saudi Arabia to reestablish diplomatic ties between the two capitals, the spokesman of Iran’s Foreign Ministry told IRNA that the change in tone would contribute to de-escalation, but it wouldn’t bear practical results unless it leads to change in the behavior.

"We think that regional states and nations will see the results of such potential talks which are peace, stability and development," Saeed Khatibzadeh stated.

The spokesman confirmed on Monday that Tehran is holding talks with Saudi Arabia, saying negotiations centered on bilateral and regional issues.

"But let us wait and see the results of these talks ... it might still be too soon to talk about the details of the negotiations," Khatibzadeh added, noting that Iran has "always welcomed such talks at any level and in any shape".

Resource: MNA
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