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Iran Welcomes Effective Talks with Saudi Arabia

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, June 29 (ICANA) – The Iranian Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday that it welcomes effective talks with Saudi Arabia to discuss ways of resolving certain regional issues, but meantime underlined that there are certain prerequisites to such negotiations.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 12:01:47 PM
Iran Welcomes Effective Talks with Saudi Arabia

"Negotiations between the Iranian and Saudi officials can be, per se, a good and effective issue," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast told reporters, adding that such consultations "can help find proper ways to correct certain countries' wrong behaviors".

"But the important point is when, where and with respect to what conditions should these talks be held. Thus, (our) officials are looking for the most appropriate conditions for doing so and they would take action in this regard once they recognize that the time is appropriate," he added.

The relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia darkened after the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) member states provoked by Riyadh issued a statement at a ministerial meeting in Abu Dhabi earlier this year, accusing Iran of interference in Bahrain's internal affairs.

Iran strongly rejected the claim, and said interference means deploying troops and killing people in a foreign country, alluding to the deployment of the Saudi-led PGCC forces in the Bahrain.

Alluding to the status quo in certain regional countries, including Bahrain, Mehman-Parast reiterated, "Issues happening in different countries are their internal affairs and other countries should not have military and security interference in their internal affairs and all governments should be encouraged to meet the legitimate demands of their people."

People in Bahrain have been protesting since February 14, demanding an end to the rule of the Al Khalifa dynasty.

In March, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait deployed their troops in Bahrain to reinforce the brutal armed clampdown against mass protests.

Scores of Bahraini protesters have been killed and many others gone missing in the harsh crackdown since the beginning of the revolution in the Middle Eastern country.

Demonstrators maintain that they will hold their ground until their demands for the overthrow of the Al Khalifa dynasty, freedom and constitutional reform are met.

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