Iran says US obstructs Tehran-Riyadh proximity

(170506) — TEHRAN, May 6, 2017 (Xinhua) — Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani speaks during the opening ceremony of the 22nd Iran International Oil, Gas, Refining and Petrochemical Exhibition in Tehran, Iran, May 6, 2017. Iran kicked off a major energy exhibition in the capital Tehran on Saturday with the participation of 1,500 foreign companies. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz) (zw)

Tehran, Oct 16 (IANS) Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said that the United States obstructs a thaw of relations between Tehran and Riyadh, Tasnim news agency reported.

“Washington is the main cause of chaos in the Middle East and hinders settlement of Tehran-Riyadh tensions,” Larijani said in a meeting with his Austrian counterpart on the sidelines of the 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Serbia on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Iran is not opposed to the resolution of conflicts with Saudi Arabia, he said, but the United States benefits from the existence of tensions between the two Muslim states.

Iran has said that it welcomes mediatory efforts seeking to help both Middle Eastern countries overcome their disputes.

In the meantime, Iran has urged the Saudi-led coalition to stop attacks on the Houthi-controlled regions in Yemen and end the siege of the country.

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