Iran foreign minister: Outreach to Saudi Arabia ‘necessary’

TEHRAN – Iran’s foreign minister said Sunday his outreach to regional rival Saudi Arabia after the death of the kingdom’s ruler was “necessary.”

Shiite power Iran and the Sunni-ruled kingdom are at odds over multiple issues in the Middle East, including the ongoing civil war in

Syria, turmoil in Yemen and protests in Bahrain. However, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was among the first foreign dignitaries to visit Saudi Arabia following the death Friday of King Abdullah. Zarif said he hopes his outreach to the Saudi government “prepares the ground for more cooperation in all areas in this very sensitive region based on good neighborliness and rationalism.”



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