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2/14/07

Iran's SNSC Secretary pays short visit to Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Feb 14, IRNA - Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani arrived in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on Wednesday.

According to informed sources in Saudi Arabia, Larijani is to exchange views with Saudi political and security officials on Iran's nuclear dossier and latest developments in the region.

The unofficial visit will conclude later this afternoon, said the source.

This is for the 4th time in the past two months that Larijani has conferred with Saudi officials.

According to Saudi news sources, Larijani will also discuss the significant role of Iran and Saudi Arabia in resolving the Lebanese crisis as well as current developments in the Middle East region.

Saudi government shares Iranian concern about division between Shia, Sunni Muslims

Riyadh, Feb 14, IRNA - Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Feisal said on Wednesday that the Saudi government shares Iranian concern about the discord between Shia and Sunni Muslims.

In a meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, al-Feisal said that both Saudi Arabia and Iran are anxious about the current situation in Iraq which has driven the Shia and Sunni Muslims to rivalry.

"Iranian officials have already expressed concern about the division between Shia and Sunni Muslims and the Saudi government hopes that such an event will not take place in the Muslim World," the Saudi foreign minister said.

Al-Feisal said that Iranian and Saudi officials regularly hold consultations on the current state of affairs in the Middle East and the entire Muslim World.

He said that the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) have decided to follow up programs for civilian use of nuclear energy and that both Saudi officials and the secretary-general of the PGCC have held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Riyadh about the PGCC decision on nuclear program.

The Saudi foreign minister said that Saudi Arabia will develop cooperation with the Russian Federation on carrying out program to produce nuclear energy.

IRNA correspondent in Saudi Arabia said that the Saudi officials have regularly voiced objection to Washington's propaganda campaign against Iranian nuclear program.

Citing the report of Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei that Iran has made no diversion from the civilian purpose, the Saudi leaders have maintained that the dispute on Iranian nuclear program should be resolved through negotiations.

Iran has planned to establish eight power plants with capacity of 1,000 megawatts electricity output each by 2015 and would develop partnership with the Western companies to indicate transparency of the national nuclear program.

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