Deputy FM Meets Saudi Minister

Deputy FM Meets Saudi MinisterDeputy FM Meets Saudi Minister

Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian met Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Jeddah on the sidelines of an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on the Yemen crisis.

In the meeting, the two officials exchanged views about regional issues, Fars News Agency reported on Wednesday.    

The Saudi official called for dialogue among regional states and underlined the significance of cooperation between all sides to help establish security in the Middle East.

In addition, Jubeir expressed regret over the sexual abuse of two Iranian teenagers at Jeddah international airport, saying the kingdom's legal system will execute the sentences passed for the convicts in the shortest possible time.

Two workers at Jeddah international airport sexually harassed two Iranian boys in March before they flew back to Iran after visiting Mecca.

The harassment incident prompted Iran to suspend all minor pilgrimages, or Umrahs, to Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Interior Ministry vowed in response that the legal system would "ensure the strictest penalties for perpetrators of such crimes."

The Iranian diplomat described as "positive" the stance of Saudi authorities on the case.

He also called for measures to help pull the region out of the current critical conditions.    

Amir Abdollahian stressed the necessity of effective collaboration between the countries in the region to find political solutions to regional crises and achieve "collective and lasting security."

He described military approaches to regional challenges as "unconstructive," noting, "Everyone will benefit from political means to maintain regional security."

At the request of the Yemeni government, the general secretariat of the OIC has been conducting an emergency meeting at the level of foreign ministers on the war in Yemen since June 16 at the OIC headquarters in Jeddah.