Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said on Tuesday that the kingdom will base their judgment on the government of elected Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi based on the facts on the ground.
Prince Faisal bin Farhan added during a press conference with his Austrian counterpart that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has the final say in foreign policy.
The Saudi foreign minister stated that “the foreign policy of Iran, from our perspective, is run by the supreme leader anyway, so we base our dealings and approach with Iran on the facts on the ground, which will be the source of our judgment on the new government regardless of who takes office.”
He did not say how he wanted that reality to change, but said he was “extremely upset” that Iran had not yet responded to questions about its nuclear programme, apparently in reference to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s quest for explanations about the source of uranium particles found at the site. Underground in the Islamic Republic.
Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies continue to pressure Iran over its nuclear program, which Tehran says is entirely peaceful, as well as its ballistic missiles.
US intelligence agencies and the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency believe Iran had a secret nuclear weapons program that it halted in 2003.
Saudi Arabia and Iran began direct talks in April in an attempt to contain the tension between them.