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Khamenei urges closer ties with Arab states

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (L) greets Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah (R) upon his arrival in Tehran on June 1, 2014.

TEHRAN: Iranian state TV says the country's top leader has called for better ties with Iran's Gulf Arab neighbors during a rare meeting with the visiting Kuwaiti emir.

The report on Monday quotes Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying regional security "depends on good relations among all countries of the region."

Khamenei has the final say on all state matters.

He says differences among countries in the region will only please their common enemies, and expressed hope for "a new chapter" of economic relations between Iran and Kuwait.

State TV also said the two countries signed six agreements, including one related to security, during the two-day visit of the emir, Sheik Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah.

The U.S.-allied Gulf states are wary of Iranian influence in the region and Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

 

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