Publishe Date: 10:58 PM - 4/22/2014 | Print

Rafsanjani, Saudi Envoy Discuss Regional Developments, Bilateral Ties

Politics - Chairman of Iran's Expediency Council (EC) Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and new Saudi Ambassador to Tehran Abdul Rahman bin Qarman al-Shahri discussed the latest developments on the regional and international scenes, and stressed the need for the consolidation of Tehran-Riyadh relations.

Speaking at the meeting on Monday, Hashemi Rafsanjani underlined that close cooperation and coordination between Iran and Saudi Arabia in dealing with regional developments as well as those in the Muslim World will deprive the enemies from sowing discord among Islamic sects.

He further added that the Muslim World with a population over 1.7 billion in some 60 independent states with huge access to sources of energy and strategic locations with full of religious and cultural commonalties fail to make use of their capabilities in rendering services to Muslims.

Rafsanjani pointed out that expansion of cooperation and relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia would meet mutual interests and help improve the status of other Islamic countries.

The new Saudi ambassador, for his part, conveyed the special greetings of Saudi King and Crown Prince to Rafsanjani and said the Saudi officials and its people attach importance to your status and hereby I would like to re-extend the invitation of Saudi King to you to pay a visit to Saudi Arabia.

He added that the new approach adopted by the government of President Hassan Rouhani has left positive impacts on Iran-Saudi Arabia ties and with other Islamic states.

Saudi Arabia, officially known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), is the largest Arab state in Western Asia by land area (approximately 2,150,000 km2 (830,000 sq mi), constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula) and the second-largest in the Arab world after Algeria. It is bordered by Jordan and Iraq to the North, Kuwait to the Northeast, Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to the East, Oman to the Southeast, and Yemen in the South. It is the only nation with both a Red Sea coast and a Persian Gulf coast.

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