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Iran FM says ready to meet Saudi counterpart

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, speaks to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, back to a camera, during their meeting in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

TEHRAN: Iran's foreign minister said he was ready to meet his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in September and to visit the Gulf powerhouse later this year.

Mohammad Javad Zarif's remarks at a news conference Sunday come amid a slight diplomatic warming between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which are fiercely divided over the civil war in Syria and other regional conflicts.

Zarif's deputy visited Saudi Arabia last week and met Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, in the highest-level bilateral talks between the two Middle East powers since Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate, was elected last year.

 

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