Mending Saudi-Iranian Relations

Saudi Arabia wants to resume dialogue with Iran.

There was a slight dis-ease between Saudi Arabia and Iran after the Bahrain Crisis. But things have gone back to normal. Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Saud Al-Faisal spoke with Manouchehr Mottaki, the Iranian Foreign Minister and exchanged views. The bilateral talks would have proved fruitful had not the Iranians put certain conditions which were unacceptable to the Saudis.

The next series of talks were scheduled to take place in Riyadh but certain matters came up which prevented meaningful dialogue between the two countries. Prince Saud Al-Faisal has said that “the presence of Saudi forces in Bahrain was to preserve peace.” Furthermore, he expressed concern about the innocent women and children who were the victims of the crises in the region.

The Saudi Foreign Minister gave voice to some of his concerns before the British Foreign Minister, William Hague. They were exchanging views about the volatile Middle East in Jeddah.