Iran seeks to boost ties with Saudi Arabia
Tehran, Iran, May 14
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
Iran's Vice President Mohammad Bagher Nobakht said on May 14 that Tehran looks to expand relations with Riyadh, Iran's Fars News Agency reported.
Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, said on May 13 that his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif has been invited to visit the kingdom.
Faisal also said that his country is ready to talk over haveing better relations with Iran. He went on to note that his country hopes to settle any differences with Tehran.
However, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian replied that his country has not received any official invitation from Saudi Arabia for Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's visit to the Persian Gulf kingdom.
"Iran and Saudi Arabia are two key states in the region," he said, adding that negotiations between the two countries can be important for resolving conflicts in the region.
Iran and Saudi Arabia have their differences over several regional issues such as the situations in Syria and Bahrain.