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Iran-Saudi cooperation key to resolving regional issues: experts

TEHRAN, March 4 (Mehr News Agency) - International affairs expert Sabah Zanganeh said here on Sunday that Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's Saturday visit to Saudi Arabia can be the starting point for resolving regional crises.

"All regional countries should cooperate with each other to come up with proper solutions to the crises in Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine," Zanganeh told the Mehr News Agency.

If regional crises are not resolved, Israel and other extremist groups will misuse the situation, he added.

The Islamic countries should make efforts to thwart the plots hatched to create division between Shias and Sunnis, he said.

MP Mohammad-Hassan Ghafurifard called Iran and Saudi Arabia two influential countries in the Islamic world, saying Ahmadinejad's visit can help Tehran and Riyadh coordinate their views on international and regional issues.

The Western countries are trying to create a chasm between Iran and Saudi Arabia to prevent them from finding a proper solution to regional issue, he told MNA.

Economist Hossein Purahmadi said that the expansion of political, economic, and nuclear ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia can reduce Western pressure on Iran and the region.

"Expansion of ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia can thwart the U.S. plots," he told MNA.

He said that any security threat against Iran is a threat for the entire region especially Saudi Arabia.

"Therefore, close cooperation between the tow countries can reduce security threats against Iran significantly," he added.

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