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Published: 0348 GMT October 16, 2017

Zarif: Iran not seeking to exclude other regional actors

Zarif: Iran not seeking to exclude other regional actors

Political Desk

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message said Iran does not seek to exclude other regional actors.

Zarif in a message posted on his Twitter account on Monday said, “Iran does not seek to exclude other regional actors. They should be only blaming their own mistakes & wrong choices”, IRNA reported.

His message is probably pointing to Saudi Arabia which has cut its diplomatic ties with Iran in recent years.

On Sunday, the White House said King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia lauded US President Trump's decision to decertify the Iran nuclear deal in a call.

"King Salman praised President Trump for his visionary new Iran strategy and pledged to support American leadership," the statement regarding a telephone call between the two leaders on Saturday read. The statement about the call was released Sunday afternoon.

Riyadh cut off ties with Tehran in January 2016 following protests in front of its diplomatic premises in the cities of Tehran and Mashhad against the execution of a top Saudi Shia cleric. The relations had already been strained due to a deadly human crush during Hajj rituals in Mina, near Mecca, in September 2015. About 465 Iranian pilgrims lost their lives in the incident, which Iran blamed on Riyadh's incompetence to run the Hajj.

Following Saudi Arabia’s severance of relations with Iran, certain Persian Gulf Arab countries cut off or downgraded ties with Iran.

Bahrain followed the Saudi lead and cut off ties with Iran while Qatar recalled its ambassador to Tehran and the United Arab Emirates announced a partial downgrade in diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic. Oman, however, criticized Riyadh’s move as unwise and incorrect.

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