Iran reaches out to Saudi for ‘stability’
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif appealed on Monday to Saudi Arabia to work with Tehran towards achieving regional “stability”, as he pressed a tour seeking rapprochement with Gulf Arab states.
Zarif arrived in Doha after visits to Kuwait and Oman for meetings aimed at assuring top officials that a deal Iran secured with world powers on its disputed nuclear programme is in their interest.
During his stopover in the Omani capital Muscat, Zarif called on Saudi Arabia to jointly work with Iran to resolve regional issues.
“I believe that our relations with Saudi Arabia should expand as we consider Saudi Arabia as an extremely important country in the region and the Islamic world,” Zarif said on Monday.
“We believe that Iran and Saudi Arabia should work together in order to promote peace and stability in the region.”
Zarif also praised Oman’s role in last month’s negotiations between Iran and world powers, including the United States, that paved the way for the landmark nuclear deal. “We expressed our appreciation for the very central and positive role that the sultanate had played in facilitating these talks,” Zarif said after he met His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman.
Later in Qatar, Zarif held talks with the Amir of Qatar, His Highness Shaikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the QNA news agency reported.