Russia Says Ready to Mediate Talks between Iran, Saudi Arabia
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Russia is ready and willing to mediate in establishing dialogue between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said.
"We tried several times and offered [to help Iran and Saudi Arabia sit down at the negotiating table], but we do not impose our intermediary role," Bogdanov told reporters on Wednesday, RT reported.
He added, “But we have always told our partners in both Saudi Arabia and Iran that we are ready to provide both a platform for contacts and friendly services."
Bogdanov added that Moscow has always highlighted the need to resolve the issues between the two countries.
"Many problems would have been much easier to resolve had there been mutual understanding and trust between Tehran and Riyadh," he said.
The Russian official added that the situation in the entire region, especially regarding antiterrorism efforts, depends on mutual understanding and cooperation between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Bogdanov stressed that Russia always tells Saudi Arabia and Iran that it is ready to report something from one side to another or to organize their bilateral contacts. "These proposals remain on the table both with our Saudi and Iranian partners," he said.
Diplomatic ties between Tehran and Riyadh were severed in 2016 after Iranian protesters attacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran, following the execution of prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in the Arab country.
The senior cleric was detained in July 2012 on charges of delivering anti-regime speeches and defending political prisoners.