This handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency shows Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi (R) receiving Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan in Tehran during a visit on June 17, 2023. (AFP)

ran’s president slams Israel in meeting with top Saudi diplomat in Tehran

This handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency shows Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi (R) receiving Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan in Tehran during a visit on June 17, 2023. (AFP)

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi met with Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan in Tehran on Saturday, where he strongly criticized Israel.

Saudi Arabia and Iran announced in March that they had reached an agreement, brokered by China, to reestablish diplomatic relations after seven years of no formal ties.

“Only the enemies of Islam, led by the Zionist regime (Israel), are upset with the progress in bilateral and regional cooperation between Iran and Saudi Arabia,” Raisi told Prince Faisal, according to Iranian state news agency IRNA.

Raisi also expressed his opposition to efforts aimed at normalizing relations with Israel, saying: “The Zionist regime is not only an enemy of the Palestinians, it is a threat to all Muslims. The normalization of relations with Israel not only fails to promote security but also goes against the opinions of the Islamic Ummah.”

The Saudi foreign ministry said the discussions between Prince Faisal and President Raisi focused on reviewing bilateral relations and exploring avenues to strengthen and expand cooperation across various domains.

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