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Iran Talking to Saudi Arabia
By Micah Halpern

Saturday September 25, 2021
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A new, potential problem may be emerging in the Middle East. The anti-Iran block may be cracking – and that is not good news for the West.

There are reports that talks between Middle East regional rivals Tehran and Riyadh have led to "serious progress" on the issue of Gulf security. The direct quote is: "Serious progress has been made on the subject of security in the Gulf," and the quote was released by Iran’s state news agency IRNA, quoting ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh.

For the first time since 2016 when they cut ties, Shiite-majority Iran and Sunni kingpin Saudi Arabia, on opposing sides in multiple regional conflicts, have been engaged in talks since April with the aim of improving relations.

The discussions began under Iran's former moderate president Hassan Rouhani and have continued on, even after the election of his ultra-conservative successor, Ebrahim Raisi, who took over the reins of office in August.

Speaking to journalists at the UN General Assembly, spokesman Khatibzadeh assessed the talks as "good" and called for the countries to settle regional issues between themselves, without foreign interference.

This does not portend well for us.

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26 September 2021 11:26 PM in Thoughts


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