12 February 2017 - 17:45
News ID: 427329
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Rasa - Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi expressed regret that Saudi Arabia is still in illusion with regard to Tehran.
Iranian Foreign Ministry  Spokesman Bahram Qassemei

RNA - "Our assessment is that Saudi Arabia is still in illusion and wrong and this mistake has created some problems for Saudi Arabia in the past," Qassemi said in an interview with the Iran-based Arabic-language al-Alam news channel on Sunday.

 

"We think that Saudi Arabia has done wrong things in the past two years which led the relations (with Iran) to this point and they had better adopt constructive measures on this path," he added.

 

Qassemi underlined that if Riyadh acts constructively, Tehran will also be ready to give a positive response to them.

 

In relevant remarks earlier this month, a senior Iranian diplomat criticized Saudi Arabia for turning its back to problem solving through negotiations over the crisis in Syria and bilateral relations with Tehran.

 

"Saudi Arabia doesn’t believe in this (resolving the crisis in Syria through talks) and this has provoked the opposition or made them an instrument in the hands of rich countries and they haven’t entered (peace) talks yet seriously," Director-General of the Iranian Foreign Ministry for Middle-East and Africa Mohammad Irani said last Sunday.

 

"Escaping from talks is Saudi Arabia's current logic and it has opted for this method even in its bilateral issues with Iran. Iran always insists on talks. Many issues that we think are not solvable can be settled through discussion and negotiation," he added.

 

Also, last March, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the existing issues between Iran and Saudi Arabia should be resolved through dialog and diplomacy.

 

President Rouhani said Tehran welcomes dialog to resolve its disputes with Riyadh.

 

“We do not wish for the tensions to escalate between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Iran is a major country in the Muslim world and Saudi Arabia, too, holds an important position. If there is any issue between these two countries, it must be settled.”

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