Iran, Saudi Foreign Ministers Exchange Views Over Phone

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Iranian and Saudi foreign ministers in a phone talk on Tuesday evening exchanged viewpoints on improvement of bilateral ties, regional and international developments and other issues of mutual interest, including better management of Hajj rituals.

Iran, Saudi Foreign Ministers Exchange Views Over Phone

In this telephone conversation, Mohammad Javad Zarif and Saud al-Faisal emphasized the firm resolution of both countries to improve ties, which the diplomats said would help the collective interests of the entire Islamic world.

They were also both agreed on the point that Iran and Saudi Arabia’s cooperation in management of the Hajj rituals would serve as an appropriate platform for further improvement of ties.

Zarif appreciated the Saudi government for efforts it has made in rendering excellent services to the world Muslims, and particularly the Iranian pilgrims during this year’s Hajj rituals.

"The Hajj pilgrimage provides an ideal opportunity for manifesting the will of the Islamic countries and the Muslims to consolidate the foundations of Islamic unity and fraternity," said Zarif.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hailed Saudi Arabia on September 19 as a close friend of the Islamic Republic, and expressed both nations’ willingness to smooth over "trivial tensions" that have strained bilateral relations.

He also added that Tehran and Riyadh have a lot of common interests and enjoy regional commonalities, and emphasized the need for upgrading the level of interactions between the two Muslim countries.

“This issue (expansion of ties) has been emphasized both in the Saudi king’s congratulatory letter to me and in my letter to thank him,” Rouhani added.

Also on August 12, Rouhani had reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to pursue the policy of "constructive interaction" with other countries as a basis for Tehran's foreign policy.

He has announced on several occasions that his administration will try to "create new opportunities for the country, remove threats and pursue policy of détente and mutual trust".

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