Aug 14, 2017, 11:41 AM
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Saudis' seeking help to ease Tehran, Riyadh tensions reflected in media

Tehran, Aug 14, IRNA – The fact that Iraqi Interior Minister Qasim al-Araji said on Saturday that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman had asked Iraq to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia was well covered by media in the world.

Arabic Sputnik, Aljazeera, raialyoum, the official news agency (DPA), Ahlul-Bayt News Agency (ABNA), youm7 website, al-Iraqiya, and the Kurdish media network Rudaw were amomg the media to cover the news.

Araji visited the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Saturday to discuss 'several issues' with top Iranian officials, according to reports. He also visited Saudi Arabia in July.

Saying that the Saudi king had earlier made the same demand, Al-Araji said he had told the Saudis if they sought better relations with Iran they need to respect Iranian pilgrims and allow them to visit Jannat al-Baqi cemetery, an important place in Medina for Shia Muslims.

Al-Arji made the remarks during a meeting in Tehran with his Iranian counterpart Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli on Saturday.

That was not us to cut ties with Saudi Arabia, said Rahmani Fazli.

In January 2016, Riyadh cut off diplomatic ties with Iran after a mob stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran in protest against Saudi Arabia's execution of 47 people, including a prominent Shia cleric.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized the attack on the embassy and declared himself ready to compensate the Saudis for the damage, but Riyadh rejected the offer.