Sheikh Naim Qassem, left, shakes hands with Saudi ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri in Beirut, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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Iran is optimistic it can improve relations with regional foe Saudi Arabia, Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Mohammad Fathali said Wednesday, adding that the two countries have common enemies in Israel and ISIS.The move was reciprocated Tuesday by Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri, who participated in a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the Iranian Revolution. The Iranian ambassador described relations with his Saudi counterpart as "very good". Fathali said Iran's relations with Turkey have also improved.A fierce opponent of the West – especially the United States – Iran has long been a regional rival of Saudi Arabia and Turkey.Discord between the nations was exacerbated by the eruption of the Syrian civil war, as Iran supported Syrian President Bashar Assad and his regime, while Turkey and Saudi Arabia backed rebel groups.
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