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2016-01-01 05:27:14

Extending olive branch: Is reconciliation between Iran and Saudia possible?

 

Rouhani

 Iran is fully ready for changes in its relations with Saudi Arabia on regional issues, according to the Foreign Ministry on Monday. “If there is a serious will in Saudi official, Iran is fully ready for the change in the current climate of bilateral relations so that it meets the interests of both countries,” spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari said in his weekly press conference.  The improvement of bilateral ties can pave the way for adaptation of serious measures to settle the crises in the Middle East region, he said. To this end, there have been some contacts between the officials of the two countries on the sidelines of recent international meetings, he added. Earlier, the spokesman said that Iran was ready to reformulate its relations with neighbors to find ways for problems in the region, which would benefit both Iran and the regional countries. Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that Iran was ready for talks with Saudi Arabia for the good of the region and to solve problems inflicted on the regional countries. Saudi Arabia has long accused Iran of arming and financing Houthi Shiite fighters in Yemen, which was strongly rejected by Tehran. This is, indeed, most welcome statement emanating from Tehran in the backdrop of complicated regional environment. The statement is reflective of maturity on the part of Iran and its leadership and also shows that Tehran is amenable to reconciliation for the sake of the region and collective good of the Ummah. This would be the most pragmatic approach on the part of Iran if the statement is really a part of policy change and there is will on the part of Iranian leadership to engage in practical reconciliation and mending of ties with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The KSA has some legitimate apprehensions about regional role of Iran as it sees some of its policies as clear interference. Whatever be the reasons and backgrounds, the fact remains that a sort of cold war between KSA and Iran is one of the major causes of disunity among the Islamic world. This is despite the fact that all Muslims subscribe to the same faith and the minor difference should not be allowed to disturb bilateral relations or interests of the Ummah. However, mere statements are not enough and we would expect that Tehran would launch practical initiatives aimed at engagement with Saudi Arabia. We are also sure that KSA would respond with warmth if such an overture is made by Tehran. Reconciliation between KSA and Iran would also disappoint enemies of Islam who are always on the look out to deepen rifts and differences.

pk.shafaqna.com

 

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