Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan speaks during the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) 40th Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, December 10, 2019. (REUTERS)

January 14, 2021

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan on Thursday denounced Iran’s interventions in the Middle East region, after a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

Speaking at a joint news conference in Moscow with Lavrov, broadcast on Saudi TV, the Saudi minister said Tehran’s proxy militias were obstructing a solution for the war in Syria.

He also accused the Iran-aligned Houthi group of obstructing peace efforts in Yemen.

Farhan further indicated that he discussed cooperation with Russia in various fields, noting that previous coordination with Russia under OPEC+ helped stabilize the oil markets.

“We discussed extensively ways to develop and strengthen relations between the two countries in various fields, the most important of which are investment, development and exchange of technical expertise based on the historic visit of King Salman to Russia and President Putin’s visit to the Kingdom,” he noted.

For his part, Lavrov said Russia supports the Saudi position in refusing foreign intervention in the region.

He also hailed AlUla Summit, saying that Moscow welcomed its outcomes, stressing that it reunited the region.

Asharq Al-Awsat

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