Saudi - Iranian cooperation continues as al-Faisel heads to Tehran
Saudi Arabia-Iran, Politics, 5/26/1998
Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisel is heading today to Tehran, at the official invitation of his Iranian counterpart, Kamal Kharazi.
A Saudi source said today that al-Faisel and Kharazi will sign a cooperation agreement that will terminate a period of unstable relations between the two countries and establish bilateral cooperation in different fields.
The source added that the two ministers will evaluate the results of talks between Iran and the United Arab Emirates after Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi's recent visit to the UAE and his meeting with UAE President Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan to open a new page of relations and talks over the three disputed Gulf islands occupied by Iran.
The source also said that Kharazi and al-Faisel will discuss the stumbled peace process, and the importance of supporting the Palestinian leadership concerning legal demands of establishing the Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.
Meanwhile, former Iranian President Hashami Rafsanjani met with Saudi Arabia's minister of al-Awqaf and Islamic affairs, Abdullah Bin Abdul Hussein al-Turki, in Tehran taking part in the meetings of the joint Islamic action coordination committee currently held in Tehran. Cooperation relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran and means of developing them in all fields were reviewed.
In press statements Rafsanjani said consolidating relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia have become a must to establish "peace and stability in the region according to the interests of its peoples."
The Saudi minister, for his part, expressed his country's readiness to cooperate with Iran for bilateral interests and the welfare of the Islamic countries.
He indicated the two countries' key role in the region and described Rafsanjani's recent visit to Saudi Arabia as good and fruitful for exchanging viewpoints and boosting bilateral cooperation.
To this end, the Iranian ambassador to Saudi Arabia Muhammad Rida Nouri on Sunday welcomed the visit of the Saudi Foreign minister's tomorrow's visit to Tehran to sign agreements on bilateral cooperation covering economic, investment, scientific and sport fields.
In press statements published in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, Nouri stressed the agreements to be signed between the two countries during al-Faisal's visit will foster fraternal ties between the "two neighboring Muslim countries."
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