Iran FM not to visit Saudi Arabia in near future
Tehran, Iran, Jul. 6
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for now has no plan to visit Saudi Arabia.
He made the remarks in reactor to Arabic media's reports about Zarif's possible visit to Riyadh in near future, Iran's IRNA News Agency reported on July 6.
Amir-Abdollahian, however, said that Tehran welcomes Prince Saud al-Faisal, if he ever decides to visit Iran.
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 negotiate better relations with Iran.
He went on to note that his country hopes to settle any differences with Tehran in future talks.
However, 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.
Amir-Abdollahian went on to note that the foreign ministers of the two countries will hold a meeting in near future.
"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.