Iran Foreign Minister Says Ready to Talk with Saudis If They Stop 'Killing People'

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Iran's foreign minister was quoted on Tuesday as signaling his country would be willing to sit down to discuss regional issues with Saudi Arabia, but that Riyadh had to stop "killing people".

Saudi Arabia has blamed Tehran for attacks on Saudi oil plants on Sept. 14, a charge Iran denies. The kingdom has said it prefers a political solution to a military one.

"In a situation where the Saudis would like to negotiate with Iran, if they pursue regional issues at the negotiating table and not by killing people, they will certainly have the Islamic Republic along with them," Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said, according to the official IRIB news agency.

"The ministry of foreign affairs is always ready to cooperate with our neighbors for the security of the region and we have announced this position officially."

Saudi Arabia is spearheading a coalition of Arab states launching military attacks against Yemen. The aggression has killed thousands of people and caused the worst humanitarian catastrophe.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by Website Team