Riyadh wants pressure on Iran for talks

Riyadh wants pressure on Iran for talks

Paris - Saudi Minister Adel Al Jubeir was in Paris for talks with French officials amid efforts to defuse US-Iranian tensions.



By Reuters

Published: Sat 26 Oct 2019, 12:18 AM

A senior Saudi official said on Thursday that a policy of appeasement would not work with Iran and that the only way to get Tehran to the negotiating table was to apply maximum pressure.
Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al Jubeir was in Paris for talks with French officials amid efforts to defuse US-Iranian tensions and help Yemen's government and southern separatists end a power struggle in the southern port city of Aden.
"We think that appeasement doesn't work. Actions count, not words. Members of the Iranian government talk, but have no power. Those who have, like the Revolutionary Guards, don't want to negotiate," Jubeir told Liberation newspaper in an interview.
He was responding to a question about French attempts to bring the US and Iran together, including by convincing US President Donald Trump to lift sanctions on Iran.


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