Saudi FM: Rus­sia ‘ ready’ to heal rift be­tween Gulf states, Iran

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL - I Y A D H

R— S a u d i Ara­bia’s for­eign min­is­ter said Wed­nes­day that Rus­sia has ex­pressed its readi­ness to heal a rift be­tween Gulf states and Iran. How­ever, closer ties with Tehran are not on the cards, Adel AlJubeir told re­porters af­ter a Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil ( GCC) meet­ing in the cap­i­tal Riyadh.

The king­dom’s top diplo­mat said that Tehran’s “in­ter­fer­ence” and sup­port of ter­ror­ists in Gulf states made rec­on­cil­i­a­tion im­pos­si­ble, Al Ara­biya News Chan­nel re­ported.

Saudi cut diplomatic ties with Iran back in Jan­uary, shortly af­ter its Tehran em­bassy was stormed by pro­tes­tors.

The for­eign min­is­ter also dis­cussed other con­flict- torn coun­ties in the re­gion. He said that many coun­tries are work­ing to find a peace­ful so­lu­tion in Ye­men.

He also added that Gulf states had no plan in the pipe­line to launch talks over a unity govern­ment in Libya.

Saudi Ara­bia has led an Arab Coali­tion fight­ing Iran- backed Houthi mili­tias and loy­al­ists to the for­mer Pres­i­dent Ali Ab­dul­lah Saleh in its south­ern neigh­bor since late March last year.

Libya has been torn apart by ri­val fac­tions in the years fol­low­ing the ouster and killing of long­time strong­man Muam­mar Qaddafi in 2011.

Western na­tions view a unity govern­ment as the best hope for end­ing the north African coun­try’s chaos and unit­ing all fac­tions against an in­creas­ingly pow­er­ful IS af­fil­i­ate.— Agen­cies

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