Iran’s International Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is seen earlier than assembly with Oman’s Minister of State for International Affairs Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah (not pictured) in Tehran, Iran July 27, 2019. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia Information Company) by way of REUTERS
GENEVA (Reuters) – Iran is ready for dialogue if Saudi Arabia can be prepared, Iranian International Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stated on Wednesday, in line with the IRIB information company.
Tensions have spiked between Iran and Saudi Arabia, arch-rivals for predominance within the Center East, since Riyadh accused the Islamic Republic of finishing up assaults that broken six oil tankers within the Gulf, an allegation Tehran has denied.
“If Saudi Arabia is prepared for dialogue, we’re all the time prepared for dialogue with our neighbors,” Zarif stated. “We now have by no means closed the door to dialogue with our neighbors and we are going to by no means shut the door to dialogue with our neighbors.”
The assaults on the oil tankers got here as the USA, Saudi Arabia’s main massive energy ally, toughened sanctions on Iran in a bid to drive it into negotiations on stricter limits to its nuclear exercise and curbs on its ballistic missile program.
Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and de facto ruler, Mohammed bin Salman, referred to as in mid-June on the worldwide neighborhood to take a “decisive stand” over the tanker assaults however stated the dominion didn’t desire a warfare within the area.
Zarif additionally stated Iran might maintain comparable talks with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), an in depth ally of the Saudis, including, “If they alter their insurance policies it’s a excellent alternative for dialogue”.
Iran had maritime safety talks on Tuesday with the UAE in an obvious bid to calm tensions within the Gulf, although a Gulf Arab official described the discussions as routine and technical.
Reporting by Babak Dehghanpisheh; Modifying by Mark Heinrich