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Saudi Foreign Minister says that Kingdom is willing to cooperate with Iran

Prince Faisal bin Farhan, the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, stated recently that the Jeddah summit’s main focus was on cooperation with the United States. He added that the summit’s official declaration would be released later.

This came during a press conference after the Jeddah Security and Development Summit, which was held in the presence of US President Joe Biden.

Bin Farhan said that the Kingdom’s hand is extended to neighboring Iran to reach normal relations.

He indicated that the talks that took place with Iran were positive, but did not reach any results.

He also noted that there were no messages from Iran to the Jeddah summit. He pointed out that dialogue and diplomacy are the only solutions to Iran’s nuclear program.

In response to a reporter’s question, the Saudi Foreign Minister indicated that he did not raise or discuss any kind of military or technical cooperation with Israel.

He also stressed that there is no such thing as an “Arab NATO.” He reiterated that there was no discussion of a “defensive alliance” with Israel.

He pointed out that the joint Arab action system has reached the stage of “maturity”, adding: “We know what we want and we know how to achieve it… we do not wait for anyone to fulfill our needs.”

He added, “We did not discuss the issue of oil production at the Jeddah summit… and OPEC + continues its work to assess the markets and what they need.”

The Saudi foreign minister said that the United States remains our main strategic partner, stressing that “the Kingdom’s partnership with America is old and continuous…

Bin Farhan touched on the decision to open Saudi airspace for civil aviation, stressing that this decision “does not mean any prelude to a subsequent decision.”

On the Yemeni crisis, the Saudi Foreign Minister said: “We are working seriously to reach a comprehensive ceasefire in Yemen, and the Houthis must understand that Yemen’s interest is in peace and stability.”

The Saudi Foreign Minister added that the Saudi Crown Prince mentioned that the maximum production capacity of Saudi Arabia is 13 million barrels,

He also called for a balanced approach to reach “zero neutrality”. He added that many countries cannot convert to renewable energy quickly.

Regarding the global food crisis due to the war in Ukraine, the Saudi Foreign Minister said: “At the Jeddah Security and Development Summit, we discussed the issue of food and grains, and we are working to increase the level of coordination between Arab countries to ensure food security.”

He concluded by saying that there is coordination with America and the Arabs regarding dealing with Iran, stressing that “it has become clear that whoever wants to have a global agenda should talk with Saudi Arabia.”

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