Updated | Iran’s foreign minister said Tuesday his country is prepared to open a dialogue with regional rival Saudi Arabia, but the kingdom appeared not willing to engage. Both major oil producers, Iran is a majority-Shiite Muslim country and Saudi Arabia is majority-Sunni Muslim. and they have been locked in a battle for influence for decades. Their rivalry has increasingly come into the spotlight as their allies shape conflicts throughout the Middle East. Ties between the two gradually worsened and were cut entirely early last year, but Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tuesday his country would be willing to let bygones be bygones and start talks aimed at ending the wars that plague the region. Related: Iran’s military tells West it’s not scared of being attacked, would win any war “We are prepared to cooperate with Islamic countries on all issues that are important to the Islamic world,” Zarif told Arabic-language news outlet Al Maydeen. “If the Saudi government is ready to turn the page, Iran is ready for that as well,” he added. The countries accuse each other of fueling sectarianism and instability in the Middle East—especially in Bahrain, Syria and Yemen, where they support opposing factions…. Read full this story
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