Iran ready to hold talks with Saudi Arabia, with or without help of mediation

epa07812481 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a press conference after his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister in Moscow, Russia 02 September 2019. Media reports state Zarif arrived in Moscow for talks that are expected to focus on recent developments of the 2015 nuclear deal, as well as regional issues and bilateral cooperation. EPA-EFE/YURI KOCHETKOV

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Iran is prepared to hold talks with regional rival Saudi Arabia with or without the help of a mediator, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday, ahead of a visit by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Asked about reports that Khan, due to arrive in Iran on Sunday, may try to mediate between Tehran and Riyadh, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said: “I am not aware of any mediation,” according to state broadcaster IRIB.

“Iran has announced that, with or without a mediator, it is always ready to hold talk with its neighbours, including Saudi Arabia, to get rid of any misunderstandings,” Mousavi added.

Via Reuters / Express 

 

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