Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Iran's Larijani confers with Saudi King Abdullah

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani held talks with Saudi King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz on bilateral issues and ways to develop mutual cooperation, IRNA reported.

Larijani and King Abdullah reviewed the situation in the region especially in Iraq and Iranian nuclear program.

King Abdullah emphasized the need for developing Tehran-Riyadh relations in all domains and said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is an important state in the region.

The Saudi king said that Iran-Saudi Arabia cooperation would be effective in repelling the threats and establishing permanent security in the region and the entire international community as well. READ MORE

Larijani said that Tehran-Riyadh relations are growing in all fields and that there is political resolve on part of the Islamic Republic of Iran to enhance the level of its strategic relations with Saudi Arabia.

Pointing to the security threats to the region, Larijani said that the security cannot be divided among regional states and it requires collective cooperation to establish security in the region.

He said that Iran and Saudi Arabia have the longest border with Iraq and they are expected to cooperate to resolve Iraqi crisis and reconstruction of that country.

On Iranian nuclear program, Larijani said that Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei has admitted in his report on Iran that the UN nuclear agency detected no diversion from civilian purpose.

He said that Iranian strategy calls for cooperation with neighboring and regional states and developing cooperation with Riyadh.

Larijani arrived in Riyadh on Tuesday and held talks with director general of Saudi Supreme National Security Council Bandar bin Sultan and Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal on a variety of issues of mutual interest.