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Saudi Arabia to continue talks with Iran, says Saudi FM

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said that the Kingdom’s talks with Iran will continue, pointing out during an interview with the French channel “France 24”, that the previous four rounds of talks were “exploratory” rather than substantive.

Prince Faisal bin Farhan affirmed his country’s desire for discussions on core issues that address the concerns of Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region, leading to “normal relations with our neighbors in Iran.”

He explained that so far, Saudi Arabia and Iran have not reached specific results, but they have made progress that allows for the continuation of consultations, noting that he hopes to hold a new round of talks soon and that no date or place has been set yet to resume the talks.

He expressed his hope that the talks on the Iranian nuclear agreement would culminate in a final agreement that “allows Iran’s neighbors to ensure that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes,” stressing that the threat posed by Tehran’s military nuclear program will be on the region in the first place.

He explained that the current threat is the inability of the International Atomic Energy Agency to monitor Iran’s nuclear facilities, stressing that this is “worrying” about transparency regarding the nuclear program, while discussions are continuing to reach an agreement.

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