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Iranian deputy FM meets Saudi prince
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_at1(165).jpgTEHRAN – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says he met Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud in Cairo on the sidelines of inaugural ceremony of Egypt's new President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Monday.
 
In an interview with Saudi newspaper Asharq al-Awsat on Tuesday, Amir-Abdollahian said that he and the Saudi crown prince had shaken hands and he had conveyed the greetings of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to him. 
 
Tehran and Riyadh will begin consultations at deputy-ministerial level to prepare the ground for a visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to Riyadh. 
 
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said last month that Riyadh had invited Zarif to the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to be held on June 18 and 19.  However, Zarif was not able to take up the invitation as the summit coincided with the new round of nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers in Vienna from June 16-20. 
 
“Saudi Arabia is an important country in the region and along with Iran possesses capacities that cannot be underestimated. Therefore, the two countries ought to cooperate to settle the issues of the Middle East region,” Amir-Abdollahian stated.
 
He also noted that the two countries have “normal relations”. 
 
“Although there are certain disagreements between Tehran and Riyadh about regional developments, we have underlined that we are ready for serious discussions to bring the views closer.” 
 
MT/PA 

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