Iran ready for Saudi talks despite 'unlawful and inflammatory' remarks

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May 4, 2017 22:12
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UNITED NATIONS - Iran said on Thursday it is ready for talks with Saudi Arabia to promote regional peace despite "unlawful and inflammatory" remarks by the Saudi deputy crown prince, who vowed to protect his kingdom from what he called Iranian efforts to dominate the Muslim world.

"We have no desire, nor any interest, in an escalation of tension in our neighborhood," Iran's UN Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo wrote in a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the Security Council.

"We continue to stand ready for dialog and accommodation to promote regional stability, combat destabilizing extremist violence and reject sectarian hatred," he wrote. "We hope Saudi Arabia will be persuaded to heed the call of reason."

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