Dialogue Key to Settling Tehran-Riyadh Differences

Dialogue Key to Settling Tehran-Riyadh Differences    Dialogue Key to Settling Tehran-Riyadh Differences

A senior advisor to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution on international affairs said Saudi-Iranian disagreements need to be solved by dialogue.  

Ali Akbar Velayati made the remark in an interview with the Doha-based Al Jazeera news network, Fars News Agency reported on Saturday.  

"We do not insist Saudi and Iranian policies should be consistent, rather, we believe Tehran and Riyadh have some common points that can be used as a basis for negotiations," he noted.  

Urging Muslim nations to stand united in the face of the hostilities of foreigners, he said the first priority of the Muslim world should be "to foil the plots of the Zionist regime."  

Noting that Iran is ready to share its nuclear capabilities with its neighbors, he attributed the conflicts among Muslim countries to conspiracies by foreign powers.

He called for dialogue among Islamic countries to help settle the disputes among them.  

Turning to the nuclear issue, the director of the Center for Strategic Research of the Expediency Council said the Islamic Republic will not allow inspections of its military sites under the recently struck nuclear deal with major powers.

"Regardless of any interpretation by the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany), we clearly state that any entry by the inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency or any other body into Iran's military bases is not allowed."

On Iran's support of its western neighbor Iraq in countering the so-called Islamic State militant group, Velayati rejected the idea that Iran is seeking to expand its "strategic depth" by its presence in Iraq, saying Iran lent its support to Iraq at the request of the Arab country. "Iraq is our ally which is why we accepted its request for help."

In addition, he advised Saudi Arabia not to look for strategic objectives in Yemen, which is an independent country.