Saudi-Iran talks offer fuels hope

Updated 29 May 2014
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Saudi-Iran talks offer fuels hope

A senior Iranian official has voiced hope that talks between the Saudi and Iranian foreign ministers could begin soon.
He, however, expressed doubts over whether the meeting would result in a swift solution to key issues.
“We have requested Saudi Arabia to put forth the agenda for the proposed talks,” the official said in a report published by Kuwait’s Al-Rai Arabic newspaper.
He said the talks should focus on the situation in Yemen, as well as developments in Iraq and Syria.
“These hot topics must be discussed for confidence-building.”
The Iranian official’s statement comes in the wake of Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal’s invitation to his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif for talks.
“There have been talks about the desire to revive communication between the two countries, which was expressed by Iranian officials, namely the Iranian president and his foreign minister,” Prince Saud said in a recent statement.
Saudi analyst Badr Almotawa expressed his hope that Iran would take the Saudi offer seriously to reinforce peace and stability in the region.
“Saudi Arabia has always tried to establish better relations with Iran,” he told Arab News, alluding to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah’s visit to Tehran when he was crown prince.
He said the Saif Abdullah military maneuver in Hafr Al-Baten, the largest in the Kingdom’s history, had sent a strong message to Iran.
Almotawa also spoke about Saudi Arabia’s long-standing experience in conflict management.
The Iranian official said the contentious issues could be passed on to specialized panels for further discussions. He stressed the importance of Saudi-Iranian cooperation on Syria to prevent the fallout of terrorism to neighboring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.


Saudi Commission on Tourism and Heritage chief on official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina 

Mohammad Abdulhameed is raising his daughter Maria single-handedly. (AN photo)
Updated 17 July 2018
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Saudi Commission on Tourism and Heritage chief on official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina 

JEDDAH: The president of Saudi Arabia’s Commission for Tourism and National Heritage arrived in Sarajevo on Monday, as part of an official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz has expressed King Salman’s sincere greetings to the people and the government of  Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

He was then received by the chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bakir Izetbegovic, at their headquarters in the capital, Sarajevo. 

Prince Sultan is on an official state visit to the Balkan state upon the instructions of King Salman, who is keen to bolster ties with the country and open new horizons of cooperation between both states.