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Lebanon Speaker Berri puts faith in Saudi-Iran talks

Speaker Nabih Berri meets with a parliamentary delegation on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. (The Daily Star/Lebanon Parliament)

BEIRUT: Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri Wednesday expressed hope that talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran would ward off threats facing the region.

“I am counting on the Saudi-Iranian meeting to fight off the danger facing the region,” Berri said during his weekly meeting with lawmakers.

“We also hope that additional circumstances exist to face off the threat of terrorism,” he added, stating that dialogue was one way to address this growing crisis.

Another way to deal with terrorism, according to Berri, was to “open a window for Saudi-Iranian rapprochement.”

His comments came after Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian held what he called a “positive and constructive” meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal in Riyadh Tuesday as the two regional rivals seek to counter Islamist militants in Iraq.

The lightning offensive by militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), which has seized wide swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, has spurred contacts among many rival groups to face the growing threat.

 

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