Mottaki calls Iran, S. Arabia two key countries in Islamic world

January 19, 2010 - 0:0

TEHRAN – Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has described Iran and Saudi Arabia as two important countries in the Middle East and the Islamic world.

Iran and Saudi Arabia, along with other Islamic nation, can take important steps toward resolving problems facing the Islamic world, he explained.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of an international meeting on the Persian Gulf in Tehran on Monday, Mottaki said he believed the prospects of relations between Iran, Saudi Arabia and other Muslims states is promising.
The chief diplomat added that Iran considers expanding relations with all the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council members including Saudi Arabia as a foreign policy priority.
The remarks by Mottaki came as Tehran has criticized Riyadh for its military intervention in the Yemen conflict. In a direct reference to Saudi Arabia last week, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Muslim brothers are not expected to point their guns against each other.
Tehran-London ties
Asked about the Tehran-London future ties, Mottaki said Iran has thoroughly reviewed diplomatic relations with Britain over the past six months.
Tehran has accused Britain of inciting post-election unrest in Iran.
On December 16, the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee urged the Foreign Ministry to reduce diplomatic relations with the British government.
Mottaki said Iran is reviewing its ties with Britain in 10-12 areas and will make a decision based on its national interests