Iran-Saudi Arabia ties will strengthen Muslim unity

Iran-Saudi_ArabiaIran and Saudi Arabia are two influential countries in the Islamic world whose growing ties would strengthen unity among Muslims, Iran’s Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani has said.

In a meeting with new Saudi Arabian ambassador to Iran Mohammad Ibn Abbas al-Kalabi on Monday,  Ayatollah  Larijani pointed out that  strong bonds between Iran and Saudi Arabia will thwart the enemy’s attempts to sow discord between the two important Islamic countries.

“Iran and Saudi Arabia are among the influential countries of the Muslim world and the expansion of cooperation between them in different fields can help boost unity among Muslims,” Ayatollah Larijani said.

He went on to say that Iran will welcome the expansion of bilateral relations with Riyadh in all areas.

Tehran and Riyadh should attach great importance to judicial cooperation and agreements and ought to exchange views on establishing a committee of Islamic countries’ judicial chiefs, Iran’s top judicial official suggested.

Elsewhere in his remarks, he said Islam has many pieces of advice with respect to human rights which should be spread in the world through Islamic countries particularly Iran and Saudi Arabia.

During the meeting, Kalabi underlined the necessity for bolstering cooperation between the two countries, and said further proximity in the two countries’ positions will bring increased honor and glory to Muslims and cause their success in confronting enemies’ anti-Islamic movements.

Despite ups and downs in bilateral relations between the two countries, Iranian and Saudi officials have tried to bolster ties in recent years.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in August 2009 that Iranian and Saudi leaders are resolute to enjoy proper ties.

“Iran and Saudi Arabia are two important, great and influential countries in the region and they have various goals and prospects (in mind) at the bilateral, regional and international levels although they have different viewpoints in some regional issues,” he added.


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