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Iran, Saudi Arabia call for efforts to enhance regional security
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TEHRAN –
Tehran and Riyadh, as two regional powerhouses, have called for efforts to establish stability in the volatile Middle East region.
 
The call was made in a meeting between Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal in Jeddah on Tuesday.
 
The two sides also exchanged views on threats posed to the Islamic Ummah, including the Israeli regime’s atrocities against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, IRNA reported. 
 
The meeting between Iranian and Saudi diplomats came at a time that terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have also launched a bloody campaign in northwest Iraq. 
 
Analysts say the brutal acts by ISIL have even terrified some groups who have been promoting extremism and terrorism.
 
New chapter in relations
 
Amir-Abdollahian and al-Faisal also called for opening a new chapter in political relationship between Tehran and Riyadh.
 
This was the first high-level bilateral talks between the two countries since Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took office last year. 
 
In March, Rouhani underlined Tehran’s determination to improve ties with neighboring Muslim countries. He also said cooperation between Iran and Saudi Arabia would be vital for regional security. 
 
The two Middle Eastern powers have remained divided on a number of key regional issues, including the Bahraini revolution and the crisis in the war-ravaged Syria.
 
Iran, OIC urge unity against regional threats
 
While in Saudi Arabia, the Iranian deputy foreign minister also held talks with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Secretary General Iyad Madani.
 
During the talks, the two officials stressed the need for unity among Muslim states in the face of challenges and threats. They also denounced the Israeli regime’s seven-week long offensive against the impoverished Gaza Strip.  
 
Amir-Abdollahian and Madani also called for collective measures to fight terrorism and extremism, ruling out any associations between Islam and extremism.  
 
MD/PA
 

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