Will the Sunnis and Shi’ites bury the hatchet after all, just as Condoleeza Rice has urged them to? Is a Saudi/Iran accord what she had in mind? Does she really think such a thing would be good for the United States?
“Enemies of Islam unhappy with growing Iran-Saudi ties: envoy,” from IRNA (thanks to James):
Iran’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Mohammad Hosseini said on Tuesday that enemies of Islam are not happy with growing trend of bilateral ties between the two countries.
Hosseini was speaking in a meeting with Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayif bin Abdul-Aziz as he pointed to conspiracies hatched by enemies.
“There are hands at work to inculcate wrong and incorrect news to distress minds of regional states about the Islamic Republic of Iran.
“Unfortunately, certain countries accept and spread such news.
We should act wisely vis-a-vis such plots,” he said.
He added Iran and Saudi Arabia have enjoyed growing ties during recent months, saying, “The two countries have enormous cultural and historical potentials and commonalties which can lead to establishment of tranquility and strengthening of the Islamic world.”
Hosseini stated that a recent visit by the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Riyadh opened a new chapter in mutual relations, stressing, “Continued Iran-Saudi ties will be in the best interest of the Islamic world.”
The envoy pointed to misbehavior of a minor group in Saudi Arabia towards Iranian pilgrims and called on Saudi officials to take a severe action against such moves.
He also called on the Saudi interior minister to prevent publication of books which insult Shiism.