Iran makes new offer to Saudi Arabia
*ISLAMABAD:* Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday said that his country was ready to cooperate if Saudi Arabia gets serious in resolving the differences.
“We have always said stability of Saudi Arabia is in our interest. Similarly, the stability in the region is also in Iran’s interest. We have made offers for dialogue. Unfortunately, our neighbours have always have had the perception that security can be bought. But, security can never be bought,” Zarif told a private TV channel.
When asked about chances of rapprochement between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the Iranian diplomat said there was a list of grievances between the two countries. “However, if the Kingdom wants to resolve the issues then Iran is ready to offer assistance. But, if it wants to engage in the politics of confrontation then it is a dead-end,” he asserted.
To a question about the future of US-Iran nuclear deal, Zarif said the United States was in no position to either violate the deal or set conditions. “Unfortunately President Trump has made a habit of being unpredictable and he has turned that habit into being unreliable,” he said.
The foreign minister said that the United States was behind this nuclear agreement.
“If they believe that the signatures of a US president are only credible as long as that president is in office then I don’t think anybody would be interested in reaching an agreement with the United States because it is bound to be violated within four to eight years,” he added.
The Iranian foreign minister reiterated his commitment towards improving relations with the neighbouring countries, stressing that Iran would not allow its land to be used for activities against Pakistan. “We have had conversations and discussions with our Pakistani friends at the highest level. We provided whatever we had and we will continue to do so in future. We believe that at the highest level there is a clear understanding in Pakistan about the fact that what we stated publically will continue to be the case,” he said.