The Iranian authorities affirmed their readiness to settle disputes with Saudi Arabia, stressing that cooperation between them may contribute to overcoming many “unnecessary tensions.”
Mahmoud Vaezi, Director of the Iranian President’s Office, said in a statement carried by the official IRNA news agency today, Friday, “We have always declared over the past years that we are ready to deal with the Saudi neighboring country, and we remain firm on this position in the context of moving away from tension, strengthening cooperation and expanding The atmosphere of dialogue. ”
Vaezi added, “The development of relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia serves the interests of the region and can contribute to overcoming many unnecessary tensions and challenges.”
Earlier in the day, the Iranian First Vice President, Ishaq Jahangiri, confirmed his country’s desire to reach an understanding with Saudi Arabia “urgently”, but called on the Kingdom to stop its “destructive” measures.
There is great tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran due to many sharp differences, especially the war in Yemen and the January 2, 2016 attacks on the Riyadh embassy in Tehran and the Saudi consulate in Mashhad, after the Kingdom’s authorities carried out the death sentence against 47 people in terrorism cases, including the prominent Shiite cleric, Nimr al-Nimr.
There have been no formal diplomatic relations between Tehran and Riyadh since 2016, but in recent weeks there has been an exchange of messages about their desire to settle differences.
And the Saudi Crown Prince, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, previously confirmed in an interview broadcast by the official media in the country on the evening of April 27, that the Kingdom aspires to establish a “good” relationship with Iran as a neighboring country and wants to be “prosperous”, but there are “problems.” Between the two parties, Saudi Arabia is working with its partners to solve it.
“Our problem is Iran’s negative behavior, whether through its nuclear program or its support for outlaw militias in some countries in the region or its ballistic missile program,” Mohammed bin Salman said.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a statement commenting on bin Salman’s statements that Iran welcomes the kingdom’s change of tone.
Source: “IRNA” + agencies