Moscow Ready to Me­di­ate Be­tween Tehran, Riyadh

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RA­BAT (TASS) - Moscow is pre­pared to pro­vide a plat­form for ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween Iran and Saudi Ara­bia, Rus­sian Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter and Pres­i­den­tial En­voy for the Mid­dle East and North Africa Mikhail Bog­danov said on Wednesday.

“We tried sev­eral times and sug­gested that [Iran and Saudi Ara­bia sit down at the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble], but we do not im­pose our me­di­a­tor’s role,” he told re­porters.

“How­ever, we have al­ways told our part­ners in both Saudi Ara­bia and Iran that we are ready to pro­vide both a plat­form for con­tacts and act as a good ser­vice provider.”

He added that Moscow had al­ways pro­ceeded from the need to re­solve con­tra­dic­tions be­tween the two coun­tries.

“It would be much eas­ier to solve many prob­lems, if there was the nec­es­sary mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and trust be­tween Tehran and Riyadh,” Bog­danov said.

He added that the sit­u­a­tion in the re­gion as a whole de­pended on mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Iran and Saudi Ara­bia, par­tic­u­larly, in com­bat­ing ter­ror­ism.

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