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Iran Daily: Rouhani Writes Kuwait in Tehran’s Diplomatic Offensive

Iran Daily: Rouhani Writes Kuwait in Tehran’s Diplomatic Offensive
March 14
08:25 2017

Continuing Iran’s diplomatic offensive with Gulf States, President Hassan Rouhani has sent an official message to Kuwait’s Emir, Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah.

The Iranian Ambassador to Kuwait, Alireza Enayati, handed the letter to Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Hamad al-Sabah on Monday.

Neither Iran nor Kuwait divulged the content of the message.

Iran has been pursuing discussions with the Gulf States, both for economic recovery and for political maneuvers vis-a-vis Saudi Arabia. The Kuwaiti Foreign Minister visited Tehran in late January, reportedly with a message from the Gulf Cooperation Council for a “basis of dialog”. Rouhani Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif went to Oman and Kuwait in February, and Zarif travelled to Qatar last week.

See Iran Daily, March 9: Tehran Continues Approach to Gulf States

Saudi Arabia broke relations with Iran in January 2016, after Riyadh’s execution of a prominent Shia cleric led to a crowd attacking and burning the Saudi Embassy in Tehran. The two countries are on opposition sides of regional crises, including the Syrian conflict and the Yemeni civil war.

Talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia over renewed Iranian pilgrimages in the hajj to Mecca have not produced a breakthrough. The pilgrimages were suspended after 464 Iranians were among thousands killed in a crush at the Stoning of the Devil ceremony in September 2015.

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Scott Lucas

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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