Iranian FM discusses cease-fire with Saudi king

Saudi Arabia's King Abudullah and Iran's foreign minister on Tuesday discussed ways to strengthen the cease-fire between Israel and Hizbullah, a diplomatic official said. The UN Security Council cease-fire resolution that was passed last week and went into effect Monday also calls for the eventual disarmament of Iranian-backed Hizbullah. Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and Abdullah, who met in the western city of Jeddah, also talked in the about the need to restore security in the region and Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon, said the Saudi diplomatic official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. Mottaki also was to give Saudi officials a message from Iran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranian state television reported earlier Tuesday. "The brave resistance of the Lebanese people prevented Israel from achieving its goals," Mottaki was quoted as saying on Iranian state TV shortly after his arrival in Jeddah.