Tehran Waiting for Saudi Response to Overtures

Tehran Waiting for Saudi Response to Overtures
Tehran Waiting for Saudi Response to Overtures

The chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee said Tehran is waiting for the new Saudi king's response to its overtures.

In an interview with the Lebanese Al Joumhouria newspaper, Alaeddin Boroujerdi said if King Salman has truly told US President Barack Obama that Riyadh has no conservative attitude toward the talks on Tehran's nuclear program, it is indicative of a development and a new outlook in the Arab country's policies, ISNA reported on Sunday.

He went on to say that opening a new chapter in relations between the two countries could have many positive implications for them.

Pointing to the political crisis in Lebanon which has left the country without a president for months, the lawmaker described the election of the president in the country as an internal issue, adding that if the Lebanese people assume that the election is tied to normalization of Tehran-Riyadh relations, then it should be noted that Iran has already proved its good intention and expressed willingness for opening a new chapter in its relations with Muslim countries.   

Elsewhere, he touched on the presence of the self-declared Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in the region and said the countdown to the destruction of the group, which has turned into a source of concern even for the Americans and Europeans, has already started.

The parliamentarian called on Riyadh to change its stance vis-à-vis the terrorist group in view of the fact that the group has also become a threat to interests of Saudi Arabia.

Referring to the negotiations between Iran and the six major powers on Tehran's nuclear program, he said it is not a remote possibility that the negotiating parties can reach an agreement by the June 30 deadline for a final accord despite the fact that there is no guarantee that a comprehensive deal could be struck.  

Boroujerdi warned that Washington and its allies will be the main losers if the negotiations fail.