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Iran-Saudi Arabia ties can thwart plots: Official
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian
Sat Mar 22, 2014 6:15AM
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A top Iranian official says Tehran attaches great significance to relations with Saudi Arabia, stressing that ties between the two countries can thwart plots against the Muslim world.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s priority is [based on] relations with neighbors as well as Arab and Muslim countries and we attach special significance to Saudi Arabia in this regard,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said in a Friday meeting with the new Saudi Ambassador to Tehran Abdulrahman bin Gharman Al-Shihri.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran seeks to strengthen ties with Saudi Arabia in all aspects because we believe that the two countries’ high influence and capacities can direct developments in the region and the Muslim world in favor of Muslim nations and thwart plots,” Amir Abdollahian added.

The Iranian official called on Tehran and Riyadh to exchange delegations at all levels.

Shihri, for his part, said Saudi King Abdullah has a positive view to ties with Iran and urged the two countries to pursue the highest level of relations given their great capacities in the Muslim world.

It is necessary for the two countries to boost joint cooperation under the current sensitive situation in the region and in the Muslim world, the Saudi envoy added.

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