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Saudi Arabia plans to build positive relationship with Iran: FM

Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud has underscored that Riyadh is keen on pursuing rapprochement with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Saudi Arabia plans to build positive relationship with Iran: FM

According to the France24 website, the Saudi foreign minister made the remarks in an interview with the French TV network on Friday night, saying that they plan to build a positive relationship with Iran.

However, he noted, there are still differences between the two countries, which hindered the Saudi foreign minister’s meeting with his Iranian counterpart.

Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran have held some meetings at the level of experts in Iraq so far.

He further pointed to Iran’s nuclear talks with the P4+1 group (Britain, France, China, Russia plus Germany), saying that Riyadh is concerned about the potential reviving of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the Western powers in particular over the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections of Iranian nuclear facilities.

However, a defective agreement would be better than its absence, the Saudi top diplomat claimed.

As to the situation in Ukraine, bin Farhan Al Saud said that Riyadh has been trying to pave the way for prisoners’ swap between Russia and Ukraine.

As part of his mediation efforts, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud has had several phone calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

On Yemen, the Saudi FM noted that a ceasefire was agreed upon in April and it has been extended two times, but it seems to be impossible to extend it for the third time.

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