Iran welcomes dialogue with Saudi Arabia - MFA
TEHRAN, Iran, Apr. 19
Iran-Saudi talks are in the interest of the people of the two countries and regional peace and stability, Iranian Foreign Ministry's Spokesman Saeed KhatibZadeh said during a press conference today on Monday.
"We saw media reports," the senior Iranian diplomat said referring to the Financial Times reports on Iran-Saudi talks in Iraq. “Contradictory quotes have been published in this regard but Iran welcomes the talks with Saudi Arabia,” Trend reports citing the live broadcasted MFA press conference.
Avoiding to confirm the direct Iran-Saudi talks he says that many of the news agencies which published the reports of the Iran-Saudi talks have a history of news manipulation.
The Iran-Saudi talks in Iraq, first reported by the Financial Times on Sunday.
The first round of talks took place in Baghdad on April 9, included discussions about attacks on Saudi Arabia by Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi group, and was positive, the FT reported, citing officials briefed on the discussions.
The report also cited a senior Saudi official, however, denying that any talks had taken place.