Iran says ‘good relations’ possible if Saudi Arabia ends ‘friendship’ with Israel

Iran says ‘good relations’ possible if Saudi Arabia ends ‘friendship’ with Israel

TEHRAN: Iran’s President Has­san Rouhani says Iran is ready to restore ties with Saudi Arabia if it stops bombing Yemen and cuts its alleged ties with Israel.

In a speech broadcast on Sunday, Rouhani said the regional rivals could have “good relations” if the Saudis end their “false friendship” with Israel and halt the “inhuman bombardment” of Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is battling Hou­this. Saudi Arabia severed diplomat­ic relations with Iran in January 2016 after Iranian demonstrators attacked Saudi diplomatic missions in response to the Saudi execution of a prominent Shia cleric. Tensions spiked again last month after the Houthis fired a ballistic missile that was intercepted near Riyadh.

 

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