On Sunday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry announced that it is the first to welcome any change in Saudi foreign policies, and at the same time considered that Saudi Arabia and the UAE are not in a position to criticize Iran's military capabilities, and it also confirmed the loss of confidence in the West’s commitment to its pledges.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that although some countries in the region - including Saudi Arabia - put obstacles in front of Iran, they always emphasized the need to reach a common understanding. "What we have seen so far is a lack of response," he said.
The Iranian official added, in an interview with the Iranian agency ISNA, that Saudi officials are reforming some of their policies in dealing with some countries in the region, considering that his country is the first country that welcomes this political reform if it is serious.
Zadeh considered that some Saudi concerns are unreal and will lead to increased interference by some parties in the affairs of the region, but the Iranians are ready for dialogue on this.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman affirmed that the solution to the Yemeni crisis is in the hands of Saudi Arabia, but that this cannot be done by war on Yemen and the Yemenis.
Araghchi: Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Iran are regional realities, and they must live together in this (European) region
Meanwhile, Abbas Araghchi, the political assistant to the Iranian Foreign Minister - told an Italian newspaper - that Saudi Arabia and the UAE stockpile all kinds of weapons, considering that they are not in a position to say that Iran is increasing its military capabilities, as its missiles are defensive and deterrent.
He added that Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Iran are regional realities and must live together in this region, and no one can cancel the other, noting that competition between the three countries is inevitable, but it can manage it, stressing that Iran rejects confrontation.
Araghchi clarified that his country has completely lost confidence in America and the Europeans regarding the implementation of their commitments and promises, but he indicated that everything is subject to return if Washington decides to implement the nuclear agreement and lift the sanctions, expressing his hope that the administration of the new president, Joe Biden, will take "the right decisions."
Araghchi stressed that there is no place for nuclear weapons in the Iranian defense doctrine, and that the opportunity is still available for Tehran and Washington to return to the nuclear agreement, stressing also Iran's readiness to proceed without the nuclear deal if others wanted to do so.
Two days ago, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that his country's hand is still extended to the Gulf states, and that "stability in the region is in everyone's interest."
Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan commented, saying that "Iran's calls for dialogue are useless," considering that these calls are aimed at procrastination and escaping from its crises.