Experts: Iran-Saudi Arabia dialogue doomed to failure

Politics Materials 7 July 2011 17:49 (UTC +04:00)
There will be no dialogue between Iran and Saudi Arabia to resolve the political crisis as the differences between the parties are deep and it is impossible to resolve them at once, experts said.

Azerbaijan, Baku, July 7 / Trend A. Tagiyeva /

There will be no dialogue between Iran and Saudi Arabia to resolve the political crisis as the differences between the parties are deep and it is impossible to resolve them at once, experts said.

Iranian expert on Iranian-Arab relations Hassan Hanizadeh said that there are many reasons for differences between Saudi Arabia and Iran. It is unreal to resolve these problems in the nearest future.

"The main reason for the differences between the two countries is the fact that Iran has recently become the largest country in the region, having a developed nuclear technology," Hanizadeh, who is also the head of the Arabic office in Mehr agency said. "Having such a potential, Iran will be able to resist Saudi Arabia and the United States."

For this reason, Riyadh seeks to keep Tehran in political isolation and to weaken its power, the expert said.

"Saudi Arabia conducts an anti-Iranian propaganda among such countries as Iraq, Lebanon and Syria, knowing that these countries are allies of Iran in the region," the expert said.

The expert said that the statement of Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister about readiness to conduct a dialogue with Iran is not serious. Saudi Arabian authorities do not intend to improve relations with Iran because of pressure exerted by the U.S.

While speaking with his British counterpart William Hague, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said that Riyadh is ready for a fruitful dialogue with Tehran, if Iran has such a desire.

Saudi Arabian minister said that he met with his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki in Tehran. The next meeting was planned to be held in Riyadh. However, when contacts were renewed with Mottaki's successor - Ali Akbar Salehi, for some reason he proposed to meet in Kuwait, which is unacceptable to Saudi Arabia.

Zahra said that the dialogue between Saudi Arabia and Iran will not take place till Iran stops interfering in the internal affairs of the Arab Persian Gulf countries.

"Iran interferes in the affairs of the Arab Persian Gulf countries and brings discord in Bahrain and Kuwait," Zahra told Trend over phone from Manama. "The dialogue between the parties is doomed to fail till Tehran stops this practice."

The expert said that Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf countries were not against the relations developing with Iran. On the contrary, they sought to strengthen regional cooperation with Iran until Tehran started an information war against the Arab Gulf countries.

Zahra said that Saudi Arabia and all the Persian Gulf countries are willing to negotiate with Iran only under one condition. Iran must change its attitude toward the Arab countries of the Gulf and stop an information attack on these countries.

Tensions between Iran and the Gulf countries have become even more complicated in recent years after the anti-government demonstrations of Shiites, who make up 75 percent of the population of Bahrain and require greater political rights, started.

Official representatives of Bahrain appealed to the GCC member countries with a request to send additional forces to deal with protesters. After that several countries, including Saudi Arabia, sent a hundreds of soldiers to Bahrain.

Iran has supported the protesters and condemned the entry of the GCC troops in Bahrain, who took an active part in suppressing the demonstrations of Shiites. In response, GCC countries have repeatedly accused Tehran of interfering in their internal affairs. But Tehran denies the accusations, saying that it only provides moral support to Bahrain, but does not interfere in its internal affairs.