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The Government of Iran declares itself prepared to speak with Saudi Arabia, with or without mediation

October 12, 2019

DUBAI, Oct. 12 (Reuters / EP) –

The Government of Iran has declared itself prepared to hold talks with its regional arch-enemy, Saudi Arabia, with the help or without the help of international mediation, as assured by the Foreign Ministry of the Islamic Republic before the first visit to Tehran Pakistan Minister Imran Jan, responsible for interceding between the two countries on behalf of the President of the United States, Donald Trump.

“Iran has already announced that it is always willing to talk to its neighbors, with or without mediation,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abas Musavi said in statements to the state-owned radio and television network IRIB.

In the same comments, Musavi has said he has no knowledge that Jan intends to appear as a mediator before the Iranian authorities during his visit to Tehran, which will begin this Sunday.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has said it will speak with Saudi Arabia as long as the Arab kingdom “stops killing people” in the military operation led by the Saudis against the Huthi insurgency of Yemen, in turn backed by the Islamic Republic, in the Yemeni civil war.

The Pakistani Prime Minister has embarked on this round after the president of the United States, Donald Trump, asked him to act as a mediator after the attack on September 14 to two refineries of the Saudi state oil company Aramco.

Iran has denied any connection with these incidents, whose responsibility the Huthi rebels have assumed exclusively.

“Saudi Arabia is a strategic partner and Iran is a friend and neighbor. We hope to settle through dialogue any kind of misunderstanding between two Muslim countries after all,” Pakistan’s Foreign Minister said this week.