s. Lavrov meets with the GCC countries: in Riyadh, “black gold” is at the center of discussion

The head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov, met officials from the Gulf countries in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. The Minister of Foreign Affairs specifically discussed the issue of oil with his counterparts ahead of the OPEC+ summit (which brings together the 13 members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and Allied Countries), which took place on 2 June in Vienna. Will happen. Oil prices rose in the context of a military offensive launched by Russia in Ukraine in late February. But while Western countries – including the United States, Riyadh’s strategic allies – have increased sanctions against Moscow, the Gulf countries have adopted a position of neutrality in the matter.

Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan said that “Negotiations with Iran should be based on a unified Gulf position”In light of the talks organized by Baghdad between Riyadh and Tehran, adding that his Russian counterpart “Our talks and our communication with Iran should be based on the integrated status of the Gulf”.

“Through dialogue, we call for peace, cooperation and adherence to the principles of international legitimacy and good neighborliness,” The Saudi official continued who also pointed out that “The challenges facing the Gulf Cooperation Council include Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programme.”

Saudi minister claimed, report Reuters, He “Our hands are out to Iran” And with regard to international negotiations with Tehran to revive the nuclear deal, he said that “If we manage to revive the nuclear deal, that would be a good thing”.

Significantly, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Tuesday that “Iran is moving primarily to strengthen its diplomatic ties and to undertake reciprocal visits between itself and neighboring countries”, noting that “The date of talks for the sixth round of Iran-Saudi talks is yet to be determined. ,

Meanwhile, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hussein Amir Abdullahiyan insisted that “Iran and Saudi Arabia are the two major influential countries in the region, and Tehran has not completely severed diplomatic ties with Riyadh.” and stressed that progress has been made in recent talks between his country and Saudi Arabia, welcoming the return to normalcy of joint bilateral relations.

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However, the Saudi official’s announcements on Iranian arsenals did not fail to anger Tehran. In terms of security for Iranians, their country does not bargain. And to remember that all Gulf countries represent huge US and European weapons depots.


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