Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif smiles during a news conference with caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour in Beirut Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Iran's Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called Monday on countries in the Middle East to work together to combat the rising phenomenon of terrorism and stressed the need for ties between Tehran and Riyadh to ensure stability in the region.Zarif, who spoke in Beirut following talks with Lebanese officials and political leaders including Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, also rejected outright any preconditions on Tehran taking part in talks later this month aimed at ending the crisis in neighboring Syria. On Sunday, Zarif said an Iranian delegation would be dispatched to Lebanon to investigate Majid's case.During the conference at Lebanon's Foreign Ministry, Zarif also turned to relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia and stressed that good ties between the regional heavyweights were needed to preserve stability in the region. According to Hezbollah's media office, Zarif also held talks with Nasrallah, Iran's main ally in Lebanon and the region.
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