Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh says the talks were “good” and called for countries to settle regional issues between themselves, without foreign interference.
Tehran: (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News-Sept 24th, 2021) Talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia have led to “serious progress” on the issue of Gulf security, AFP reported while quoting an Iranian foreign ministry official on Friday.
The discussions were launched under Iran’s former moderate president Hassan Rouhani and have continued since his ultraconservative successor, Ebrahim Raisi, took office in August.
Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, Khatibzadeh said the talks were “good” and called for countries to settle regional issues between themselves, without foreign interference.
Tehran has also been the main regional backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against Sunni rebels since civil war broke out in 2011.
Saudi King Salman on Wednesday expressed hope that talks with Iran would “lead to tangible outcomes to build trust” and to the relaunch bilateral “cooperation”.
In a speech via videoconference to the General Assembly, the Saudi ruler again called on Tehran to cease “all types of support” for armed groups in the region, and reaffirmed his kingdom’s support for “international efforts aimed at preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons”.