“There has been no request from Iran for negotiations with the United States,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi on Saturday, IRNA reported.
Mousavi also said that there have been no negotiations with Saudi Arabia except for the issues relating to Hajj, which has been separated from the political issues and relations between the two countries by an agreement.
Mousavi stressed that Iran’s policy toward the neighbors rests upon mutual respect, good neighborliness and peaceful coexistence with cooperation and dialogue.
“From the viewpoint of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Saudi Arabia is an important country in our region which has taken a wrong path with an unconstructive approach in recent years, and this (Saudi policy) has caused many problems and crises in the region,” he added.
The spokesperson finally expressed hope that the Saudi authorities would soon follow the path of “sincere benevolence” and pay regard for the regional nations, noting that under such conditions, Iran will be ready for interaction with Riyadh within the framework of regional and bilateral cooperation.
Relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia have been strained following demonstrations held in front of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran in 2016, in response to the execution of prominent Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr by the Saudi authorities.
Tensions have continued to bubble since then, but Iranian officials have repeatedly expressed desire to restore relations. The Saudi authorities not only have shown no desire to restore ties, but they have been cooperating with the US to exert more pressure on Iran in recent months.
Saudi Arabia is a close ally of the US which withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement and reimpose sanctions against Tehran with the aim of crippling its economy.