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Zarif says Iran could become 'companion' of Saudi Arabia if Yemen war stops

An increase in tensions between Riyadh and Tehran was caused by attack on Aramco's oil facilities in September

AP , Tuesday 8 Oct 2019
 Javad Zarif
FILE PHOTO: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a news conference with Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Ali Alhakim, in Baghdad, Iraq, March 10, 2019. REUTERS
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Iran's foreign minister says his country could turn into a ``companion'' for Saudi Arabia if the kingdom ends its war in Yemen, where the archrivals support opposite sides.

The semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted Tuesday Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying if Saudi Arabia solved ``problems in the region at the negotiating table, and not by killing people, it would definitely have the Islamic Republic of Iran as its companion.''

Reportedly Pakistan and Iraq have sought to mediate tensions between Tehran and Riyadh in recent weeks.

Tensions spiked last month after a drone-and-missile strike on Saudi Arabia's oil industry that shook global energy markets. The U.S. and Saudi Arabia blamed Iran for the attack, a charge Tehran denies. Zarif at the time warned any retaliatory attack would result in ``all-out war.''

 

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