Iran is prepared to hold talks with its regional rival Saudi Arabia, with or without the help of a mediator, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday, before a visit by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
When asked about reports that Prime Minister Imran, who would arrive in Iran over the weekend, could try to mediate between Tehran and Riyadh, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said: "I am not aware of no mediation, "according to the state broadcaster. IRIB.
"Iran has announced that, with or without a mediator, it is always ready to hold talks with its neighbors, including Saudi Arabia, to get rid of any misunderstanding," Mousavi added.
Iran's Foreign Minister said this week that his country would be willing to discuss regional issues with Saudi Arabia, but that Riyadh had to stop "killing people."
Saudi Arabia, which is locked in several wars of power in the region with Iran, blamed Tehran for the attacks on Saudi oil plants on September 14, a charge that Iran denies. The kingdom has said it prefers a political solution to a military one.