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Tehran, Riyadh to Discuss Differences

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, July 10 (ICANA) – Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says Tehran and Riyadh have no serious problems and the two sides can resolve any misunderstanding through negotiations.
Sunday, July 10, 2011 8:15:31 PM
Tehran, Riyadh to Discuss Differences

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony to mark the 29th anniversary of the abduction of four Iranian diplomats by Israeli-backed Lebanese Forces in northern Lebanon, Salehi said Iran and Saudi Arabia only differ in their perspective on regional developments, IRIB reported.

He described Saudi Arabia as an important regional country with significant influence in the Muslim world, and emphasized that Tehran and Riyadh enjoy good and long-standing relations.

Salehi expressed hope that talks can clear misunderstandings, which have recently arisen between the two sides as a result of the developments in the Middle East region.

Speaking at a joint press conference with British Foreign Secretary William Hague in Jeddah last Tuesday, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said his country was ready for dialogue with Iran.

Tehran has repeatedly condemned the Saudi invasion of Bahrain along with armies from some neighboring Arab states to help Manama quash popular protests in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

Saudi Arabia in return accuses Iran of meddling and destabilizing efforts in Bahrain. The Tehran government has vehemently rejected the allegations and described them as baseless.

Since the beginning of Bahrain's revolution, thousands of anti-government protesters have taken to the streets across the country, calling for more rights, freedom and wide-ranging political reforms in the political system of their country.

According to local sources, dozens of people have been killed and hundreds have been arrested in the government crackdown on peaceful demonstrations.

Member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh said on Wednesday that Iran's precondition to engage in bilateral talks with Saudi Arabia is that Riyadh pulls out its military forces from Bahrain.

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