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Russia ready to mediate talks between Saudi Arabia & Iran – deputy FM

RT | October 11, 2017

Russia is ready and willing to mediate in establishing relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov has stated.

“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.

“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,” Bogdanov said.

He 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.

In May, an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman accused Saudi Arabia of supporting terrorism and seeking confrontational policies in the region. He was responding to comments by the Saudi deputy crown prince, who earlier ruled out dialogue with Tehran. Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud, the kingdom’s defense minister, said it was impossible to mend relations between his country and Iran due to Tehran’s “extremist ideology” and ambitions to “control the Islamic world.”

Diplomatic ties between the two countries 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 Riyadh. Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister responded by accusing Iran of setting up “terrorist cells” inside the kingdom. Iran then issued a warning that “divine vengeance” would come to Saudi Arabia as a punishment for Nimr’s execution as well as for Riyadh’s bombings in Yemen and support for the Bahraini government.

In February of this year, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, while on a visit to Saudi ally Kuwait, said that Tehran would like to restore relations and improve ties with all its Gulf Arab neighbors.

One area where Moscow and Riyadh disagree is Iran’s involvement in Syria.

Riyadh, a main backer of the Syrian opposition, is against the actions of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Hezbollah group in Syria. According to Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir, these groups influence the situations in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, the Gulf countries, and Yemen, and have no place in Syria or any other part of the world. Riyadh’s primary objective has been to put an end to Iran’s involvement in the region.

Meanwhile, Russia has argued that Iran and Hezbollah are operating in Syria at the official request of President Bashar Assad.

“We don’t see Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. We believe that both of them [Iran and Hezbollah] – like Russia’s air forces – came to Syria following the request of the legitimate government,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed in April.

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2 Comments »

  1. AS Winston Churchill once said, “Jaw jaw is better than War war”

    Meanwhile, Russia has argued that Iran and Hezbollah are operating in Syria at the official request of President Bashar Assad.
    “We don’t see Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. We believe that both of them [Iran and Hezbollah] – like Russia’s air forces – came to Syria following the request of the legitimate government,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed in April.ar war”

    Iran, Hezbollah and Russia were acting in defence of Syria which was under attack by a Mercenary army, armed and supplied by Israel and the USA(presumably with the USA paying the bills), so they were acting in defence of an ally under attack.
    The USA was also there, saying they were attacking ISIS, Daesh, whatever their name is this week, when in fact they were attacking Syria itself. The Russians outsmarted the USA, and blew ISIS/Daesh away………Too bad, USA.

    So all we have to wait for now, is those ‘nasty’ Lebanese ‘terrorists’ to attack the USA(Actually a False Flag attack) by the USA against the USA, and then it will be Lebanon’s time to be attacked by the USA and Israel.
    See how it works?

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | October 11, 2017 | Reply

  2. Good report and good on Russia — but, in my dreams, I could wish that Russia would forthrightly raise to the Iranis (no problem there) and the Saudis (a real challenge) the reality that, in 2017 as it was in 1948 and before, the region’s “problem child” is not a theocratic divergence between Shi’a and Sunni but the real-life day-to-day political and military cancer of Zionism, with the hapless Palestinians at ground zero, that should consume their energy and their focus. Zionist agents in the US and around the world are aiding and abetting the Tel Aviv regime’s program of extermination of the Palestinians, and those agents/operatives should be identified and condemned by a reinvigorated Tehran-Riyadh common front as part and parcel of the evil machinations of the Zionist entity so-called Israel that has so roiled the Mideast neighborhood, all Muslims regardless of Shi’a or Sunni persuasion, and the planet.

    Comment by roberthstiver | October 12, 2017 | Reply


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