Saudi Arabia and Iran prepping talks to fight terrorism

'Detente' between region's staunchest rivals

14 January, 17:51

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JANUARY 14 - Long rivals for hegemony in the greater Middle East, Iran and Saudi Arabia are now preparing to hold talks to fight terrorism.

    The announcement was made by Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson Marziyeh Afkham on Wednesday. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the spokesperson was quoted by the ISNA agency as saying, has been invited by Riyadh to visit Saudi Arabia. Afkham added that Tehran is readying a meeting to be held in one of the two nation's capitals and that the talks ''will be held when the framework for them is decided''. A particularly sharp division between Iran and Saudi Arabia has arisen since the beginning of the Syrian conflict, with Tehran acting as the Syrian regime's main ally and Riyadh supporting the rebels. Their interests also diverge on the issue of oil price, which Iran would like to see rise through cuts to production. On Tuesday, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani warned that Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, which have allowed oil prices to fall, will end up suffering as well. (ANSAmed).

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