Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a news conference with Iraqi Kurdish regional President Masoud Barzani in Arbil, north of Baghdad, August 26, 2014. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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Iran's deputy foreign minister said he held "positive and constructive" talks with Saudi Arabia's foreign minister Tuesday where Islamist militancy in Iraq – that both see as a threat – was one of the topics discussed.Hossein Amir Abdollahian was in Jeddah for the first high-level bilateral talks between the two countries since Hassan Rouhani was elected president of Iran a year ago, pledging to thaw Tehran's frosty relations with its Arab neighbors. The Iranian diplomat did not elaborate on how Saudi Arabia and Iran could cooperate to stop the advance of the jihadists in Iraq.Rouhani has stated his wish to improve relations with Iran's neighbors, especially Saudi Arabia.
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