Iranian President Hassan Rowhani - or the “old friend,” as Al Arabiya’s General Manager Abdelrahman al-Rashed described him - is “well-known by the Saudis” as “he’s had an important role” in Tehran’s relations with Riyadh. Rashed also noted Rowhani’s role in sealing a security agreement with the late Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdelaziz.
The president - who was elected with massive popular support, and had the backing of his predecessors Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami - is focused on improving Iran’s foreign relations with two parties: the neighboring Gulf states, particularly Saudi Arabia, and Western countries, particularly the United States.
It is in Iran’s interest to engage in frank and serious dialogue with neighboring Arab countries, and reach practical solutions
Tehran must have dialogue not just with the West, but with the Gulf states also