An Iranian official said Friday during a visit to Beirut that his
country wants good relations with its Middle East neighbors, especially
regional rival Saudi Arabia.
Alaeddin Boroujerdi, who heads the
Iranian parliament’s national security and foreign policy committee,
told reporters after meeting with Lebanon’s Prime Minister Tammam Salam
that they discussed “the latest developments in Saudi Arabia”.
Boroujerdi was referring to the death last week of Saudi King Abdallah.
long-term policy is essentially based on establishing the best of
brotherly relations with countries in the region, especially Saudi
Arabia,” Boroujerdi told reporters.
“We believe that the more
that countries in the region consolidate and strengthen their relations,
the more we can establish security and stability,” said Boroujerdi.
Alaeddin Boroujerdi, who heads the Iranian parliament’s national
security and foreign policy committee, told reporters after meeting with
Lebanon’s Prime Minister Tammam Salam that they discussed “the latest
developments in Saudi Arabia”. (File Photo: AP)
Iranian-Saudi relations have been strained since Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution.
two regional power centers have competed against each other for
influence, and in recent years, their rivalry has translated into
Shiite-Sunni fighting in several countries in the region.
was in Beirut to take part in a Hezbollah event on Friday honoring
Lebanese Shiite fighters and an Iranian official killed on January 18 in
an Israeli air strike in southern Syria.
Tehran-backed Hezbollah has sent thousands of its troops into Syria to back President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Saudi Arabia is a main backer of the Sunni-dominated rebellion seeking Assad’s ouster.
Thursday evening, Beirut-based Mayadeen television channel said Iran’s
elite Quds Force commander Qassem Suleimani visited Beirut 24 hours
after the fighters were killed in Syria.
During his visit, the
shadowy commander had met with Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah and
visited the home of Jihad Mughniyeh, one of the fighters killed in the
On Wednesday, Hezbollah fighters in south Lebanon
fired missiles that killed two Israeli soldiers in the occupied Shebaa
Farms in the border region.
A Spanish U.N. peacekeeper was also
killed, as Israel and Hezbollah exchanged artillery fire, the most
serious clashes between the bitter enemies in years.