The chairman of the Parliament of Iran, Ari Larijani, spoke of Tehran’s efforts to conclude a strategic alliance with Russia in the Middle East, as the two countries have differences on key issues, including the situation in Syria.

Moreover, Iran supports the idea of an open dialogue with Arab countries, including its main rival in the area, Saudi Arabia. Larijani stressed that such cooperation must take place “without any preconditions.”

In an interview on the television station “Al-Mayadin,” the minister mentioned that Iran, together with Russia and Turkey, backs the cease-fire in Syria, where fighting has continued for six years.

The conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia escalated earlier this year following attacks on diplomatic missions in Riyadh, which were in response to the execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimra.

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