Saudi FM calls for dialogue to solve differences peacefully

RABAT, March 16 (KUNA) — Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan stressed Thursday the importance of conducting dialogue to solve differences peacefully.

This came during the opening of the 49th session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Foreign Ministers Council that kicked off in Mauritania under the slogan of “moderation is the valve of security and stability”.

He unveiled that his country conducted negotiations with Iran that resulted eventually in resuming the Saudi-Iranian diplomatic relations.

Saudi Arabia shows its readiness for dialogue and solving disputes peacefully, he said, indicating that his country “had been in rounds of dialogue for two years with brothers in Iran in Baghdad, Muscat and Beijing”.

He said Saudi Arabia believes in the importance of the bonds of religion and neighborhood that unite people.

The resumption of relations with Iran will be based on abiding by provisions of the Charter of the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and respecting the sovereignty of states and good neighborliness principles, he said.

He expressed hope that resuming ties with Iran would contribute to enhancing security, stability in the region, and backing the joint Islamic action.

Meanwhile, OIC Secretary General Hissein Taha welcomed, in his speech, the Saudi-Iranian deal on resuming their diplomatic ties.

He considered that this step would contribute to promoting the pillars of peace, security and stability in the region, and a new push for cooperation among OIC member states. (pickup previous)

Source: Kuwait News Agency