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Envoy hopeful to see 'breakthrough' in Iran’s ties with Saudi Arabia
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_01_Ghazanfar99.jpgThe Iranian ambassador to Lebanon, Ghazanfar Roknabadi, said on Thursday that his country hopes to build better relations with its Middle Eastern neighbors, especially Saudi Arabia.
 
"We repeat that Iran hopes to have the best relations with all countries in this region, at the forefront of which is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Based on this, we feel that there are breakthroughs [in ties] between Iran and Saudi Arabia that will leave positive effects on all issues, particularly those related to the Middle East," Roknabadi told journalists after his meeting with the Lebanese former president, Emile Lahoud.
 
Regarding Lebanese affairs, Roknabadi stressed that Tehran stands by Lebanon and its people, supporting "all efforts being made in order to preserve stability and unity in Lebanon".
 
"We see that the country is going through this difficult stage in a positive way despite all the dangers threatening this region."
 
He expressed his hope that after the formation of a new cabinet in February, the Lebanese people would be able to hold the presidential election as previously agreed.
 
The term of the incumbent Lebanese president ends on the 25th of May.
 

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