Iran open to normalise relations with Saudi Arabia

Iran open to normalise relations with Saudi Arabia

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Tehran, Dec 4 : Iran does not have any problems to resume ties with regional rival Saudi Arabia, the Islamic republic's president Hassan Rouhani has said.

Rouhani said that the two countries need to leave aside their past and look ahead to solve regional problems through cooperation.

“From Iran’s points of view, there is no problem in developing ties with neighbours and resuming relations with Saudi Arabia as all countries require to stay together in order to create peace and stability in the region,” Rouhani said in a meeting with Omani Foreign Minister Yousef Bin Alawi in Tehran on Tuesday, the official IRNA news agency reported.

He said that Saudi Arabia’s policies in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon had failed, nd hoped that Saudi authorities would change their course of action vis-a-vis regional countries.

Iran and Saudi Arabia have no diplomatic relations which have been strained over several geo-political issues such as the interpretations of Islam, aspirations for leadership of the Islamic world, oil export policy and relations with the US.

Tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran has mounted after attacks on two oil facilities of Aramco, an attack for which Riyadh and Washington held Tehran responsible, which Tehran has denied.

The Iranian president said that Iran's Hormuz Peace Initiative is aimed at bringing regional countries together to create stability.

"We should establish security in the Gulf and Strait of Hormuz through expanding our cooperation and preventing foreign powers to interfere," he added. Rouhani disclosed the initiative at the recent meeting of the 74th UN General Assembly.

The Iranian president welcomed expanding relations and cooperation between Iran and Oman, saying that the two countries need to further develop their economic and cultural ties as well. (UNI)