• Mon / 10 May 2021 / 13:16
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Purpose of Tehran- Riyadh negotiations regional, bilateral issues: Khatibzadeh

Purpose of Tehran- Riyadh negotiations regional, bilateral issues: Khatibzadeh

Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh stressed that the purpose of negotiations between Tehran and Riyadh wad bilateral and regional.

Speaking at a weekly press conference on Monday, Khatibzadeh answered a question on recent reports claiming a new round of talks between Tehran and Riyadh has taken place in a good atmosphere, and Saudi officials at the Arab country’s Foreign Ministry have confirmed the issue.

“The talks between Tehran and Riyadh were focused on bilateral and regional issues. We have always welcomed such talks at any level and in any form, and this is not a new policy,” he said.

“It is definitely in the interest of both countries and the region to de-escalate tensions. We hope to reach a meaningful understanding of bilateral relations and regional developments by changing the atmosphere,” Khatibzadeh added.

“We are waiting for the outcome of the talks. We welcome resolving of the issues that have existed between the two countries. We will do our best in this regard,” the spokesman went on to say.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Khatibzadeh reacted to the attack of some rioters to the Iranian consulate in Karbala and said, “Unfortunately, last night, some individuals attacked the Iranian Consulate General in Karbala. Iranian officials at Consulate and Embassy contacted relevant authorities in Iraq. Security forces dealt with the attackers”.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran strongly condemns the attack on its diplomatic facilities in Iraq and hopes that Iraq will fulfill its duties in this regard,” he added, saying, “Last night, we submitted a protest note to the Iraqi embassy in Iran, and we expect the Iraqi government to perform its duties well.”

The spokesman also pointed to the Yahoo News report on the assassination of Martyr Soleimani and the involvement of the Zionist regime and Iraqi Kurdistan, saying, “The case of Martyr Soleimani is being pursued in the Judiciary and in international forums. Many of these reports are not hidden from us”.

“Our position is the same, those who directly or indirectly in any country participated in this cowardly assassination certainly have criminal and judicial responsibility and the relevant authorities are investigating their cases and will deal with them in their own way,” he added.

Khatibzadeh also spoke about the possibility of extending the agreement between Iran and the IAEA, saying, “What Iranian deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araghchi said in the interview is that the law of the parliament is binding and the agreement between Iran and the IAEA will end on May 21. Naturally, because we are in no hurry to conclude these talks and do not allow them to erode the negotiations, we do not want any date to prevent the exact implementation of Tehran's executive instructions”.

“The negotiating team is not the decision-maker and the decision is made in Tehran,” he stressed.

Referring to the latest terrorist attack in Kabul, Khatibzadeh said, “We are following the events in Afghanistan closely and are concerned about some developments”.

He denounced the act of terrorism that targeted ordinary people, especially students, and offered his condolences to the families of the victims and wished speedy recovery for the wounded people.

“We think it is time to use the atmosphere of brotherhood and to unite and act in unison against this extremist thinking and the ISIL and Takfiri groups. We wish Afghanistan a stable future, and this will happen through genuine dialogue between Afghan groups and government,” the Iranian diplomat added.

The Iranian diplomat also pointed to the news of the seizure of a ship carrying weapons in the Arabian Sea and the claim of the US Navy's Fifth Fleet that the ship belonged to Iran, saying, “Iran has only a diplomatic presence in Yemen. These reports are not confirmed at all”.

“We have diplomatic relations with the UAE and it is one of our main trading partners in the region," said Khatibzadeh referring to FM Zarif's future visit to UAE.

"There have been several talks between the two countries over the past year. Zarif's trip is on the agenda and he will make this trip at an appropriate time," he added.

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