Saudi Arabia To Judge Iran’s Raisi By ‘Reality On The Ground’

Saudi Arabia To Judge Iran’s Raisi By ‘Reality On The Ground’

The Saudi foreign minister says he was very concerned about unanswered questions on Iran’s nuclear program.

Andrew H. Sweet

Saudi Arabia opposes the Iran nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), that Tehran and Washington are trying to revive in indirect talks. Saudi Arabia and Gulf allies continue to pressure Iran over its nuclear program.

“From our perspective, foreign policy in Iran is in any case run by the supreme leader and therefore we base our interactions and our approach to Iran on the reality on the ground, and that is what we will judge the new government on, regardless of who is in charge,” Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.

In a bid to contain tensions between them, Saudi Arabia and Iran began direct talks in April in the Iraqi capital Baghdad to address several points of contention.

Ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia were cut in 2016 after Iranian protesters attacked Saudi diplomatic missions following the kingdom’s execution of a revered Muslim Shia scholar.

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