Iran ready to work with Saudi Arabia over regional issues

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-06 20:00:11|Editor: liuxin
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TEHRAN, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Wednesday that Tehran is ready to work with all Islamic countries, including Saudi Arabia, to help resolve Muslims' problems, Tasnim news agency reported.

"We are ready to cooperate with Islamic countries on all issues that are important to the Islamic world," Zarif was quoted as saying.

"Saudi Arabia is an important Islamic country and therefore, we are prepared to work with the country to address the problem of Rohingya Muslims as well," he said.

Tehran is also ready to cooperate with Riyadh to help end regional crises, including the Syrian conflicts, crackdown in Bahrain and the "irrational and costly" war on Yemen.

On Sunday, Iran said that a Saudi Arabian delegation will visit Tehran after Saudi Arabia severed ties with Iran last year.

"The Saudi delegation simply comes to visit diplomatic buildings because the buildings have been empty after the two countries broke off relations. At the same time, we will visit our buildings in Saudi Arabia," Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said.

Saudi Arabia severed its diplomatic relations with Iran in January 2016, following demonstrations in front of the Saudi embassy in Tehran and its consulate in the northeastern city of Mashhad.

Angry protesters set the diplomatic missions ablaze for the execution of top Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi Arabia.