Iran and Saudi Arabia are bitter foes confronting each other over religious, political and economical influence in the Middle East and over regional hegemony, and more so over the Iranian military nuclear program. Iran is supporting Shiaa groups all over the Middle East from the Gulf Emirates through Iraq up to Hizbullah in Lebanon. Recently the two countries are engaged in the BahraIn 2011 Crisis and in the SYRIAN 2011 UNREST. Saudi Arabia has strong ties with USA and the Western Democracies and Iran is a stubborn regional opponent, especially of USA.
A rare visit by Iran’s intelligence chief to Saudi Arabia, on Monday 12/12/2011, sought to refute USA claims that Tehran planned to kill the kingdom’s ambassador to Washington, a senior Iranian official said Wednesday. Iran has dismissed the U.S. accusations that Tehran was involved in a plot to assassinate Adel Al-Jubeir, calling the claims “absurd” (see – Manssor Arbabsiar ).
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Iran also wanted to convince Saudi Arabia that the USA and Israel are seeking to sow seeds of discord between the two regional.
“The U.S. has leveled baseless charges against Iran,” he said. “Transparent and frank talks are needed to remove suspicions and clarify what objectives are sought behind these scenarios.” Mehmanparast was quoted by the state Al-Alam TV channel, on Wednesday 12/14/2011, as saying about the Saudi visit..
Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi (pic) was reported to have met the Saudi Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdel-Aziz Al Saud during his Monday visit. The prince is also the kingdom’s interior minister.
Initially, few reports emerged from the meeting. Saudi diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the two discussed regional issues, including developments in Syria and Bahrain..
But a senior Iranian hard-liner criticized the Saudi visit’s attempt to ease strained Iran-Saudi relations. Hossein Shariatmadari, an aide to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Moslehi’s trip was a “gift” to a regime on the verge of collapse..
“Unfortunately, it must be said that our diplomatic apparatus unintentionally has given the collapsing Saud family a gift it badly needed under the present circumstances,” Shariatmadari wrote in an opinion piece in his hard-line Kayhan newspaper on Wednesday (see also -ABYSS IN ISLAM )..
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