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Iran ready to resume talks with Saudi Arabia


TEHRAN: Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian on Friday said ready to hold the fifth round of talks with Saudi Arabia despite Tehran-Riyadh ties as “not good” and Iran was not responsible for the situation.

Iran had suspended talks with Saudi Arabia without giving a reason for the decision on the issue of mass executions including 41 Shias by the kingdom early this month.

Amirabdollahian said in an interview with Lebanese TV that the ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia are faced with challenges and we try hard to keep the doors of dialogue between the two nations open,

He noted that it was Saudi Arabia that cut ties with Iran while Tehran has friendly relations with many Arab nations, including Kuwait and the UAE.

Iran’s top diplomat also said that contradictory behavior of Saudi Arabia like executing 81 people affected its relationship with Tehran and Iran wouldn’t forget death of 460 Iranian nationals in the Mina tragedy.

On the war in Yemen, Amirabdollahian underlined that Yemeni’s defending their sovereignty is an issue of their own business, but Iran welcomed putting an end to the war and the blockade against Yemeni nation.

He dismissed the notion that whatever happens in Yemen is related with Iran.

On the relations with Egypt, Iran’s foreign minister said that Tehran’s policy was to strengthen ties with Cairo in a balanced manner, as there were common points with Egypt on which the relations could be based.

Amirabdollahian noted that the Israeli regime was in a very weak position and suffered from a host of problems, stating that Palestinians’ Seif al-Quds battle against the regime proved the weakness of the Israeli society.

He also condemned the trilateral meeting between officials from Egypt, the UAE and the Israeli regime, noting that Iran considered any meeting with Israeli officials as a betrayal of Palestinian people.


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