Iran calls for expansion of Saudi ties, felicitates new King Salman

President hassan rouhani

Congratulating King Salman on his succession to the throne, President Rouhani has appealed for a boost in Tehran-Riyadh relations.

Iran has called for the expansion of relations between Tehran and Riyadh as Saudi Arabia’s new King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud ascends to the throne.

President Hassan Rouhani expressed hope for the matter in a letter issued on Saturday, congratulating King Salman on his succession to the throne.

“I hope that in the time lying ahead, with regard to the religious and historical bonds between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the relations between the two countries expand in all areas of mutual interest,” the Iranian president stated in the letter.

He further wished King Salman success in his new post, and the Saudi nation and government prosperity.

King Abdullah died on January 23 at the age of 90 after weeks of being hospitalized with a lung infection. He had suffered frequent periods of ill health in recent years.

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