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Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat : Iran's Ambassador to Aswat Asharq Al-Awsatt: Ready to Cooperate with Saudi Arabia to Support Palestine

Iran's Ambassador to Riyadh Ali Reza Enayati (IRNA)
Iran's Ambassador to Riyadh Ali Reza Enayati (IRNA)
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Iran's Ambassador to Aswat Asharq Al-Awsatt: Ready to Cooperate with Saudi Arabia to Support Palestine

Iran's Ambassador to Riyadh Ali Reza Enayati (IRNA)
Iran's Ambassador to Riyadh Ali Reza Enayati (IRNA)

Iran is ready to cooperate with Saudi Arabia to support the Palestinian people, said Ambassador to Riyadh Ali Reza Enayati.

In an interview with Aswat Asharq Al-Awsatt, Enayati said Tehran supports any initiative or collective action to stop the aggression on the Gaza Strip, prevent the expansion of the unjust war against the defenseless Palestinian people, and halt more destruction and bloodshed.

He confirmed that Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi will participate on Sunday in the Extraordinary Islamic Summit called for by Saudi Arabia to discuss the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip and the tragic conditions of the Palestinians.

Raisi's visit to Saudi Arabia is the first by an Iranian President since the return of diplomatic relations between the two countries in March 2023, under the auspices of China.

The Ambassador asserted that Iran was ready for an influential role in formulating a unified position against the Israeli occupation and supporting the Palestinian people in cooperation with Saudi Arabia, the concerned parties, and regional and international organizations.

He pointed out that Iran participated in the meeting of foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Jeddah within the framework of Tehran's role in supporting the Palestinian cause.

According to diplomatic sources, the Iranian president plans to hold meetings with the Saudi leadership on the sidelines of his participation in the Extraordinary Islamic Summit.

The sources, who refused to be named, said the meetings have yet to be confirmed, but there are efforts to arrange that without giving further details.

In previous statements, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan confirmed that the Saudi-Iranian agreement to restore diplomatic relations confirmed the common desire of both sides "to resolve differences through communication and dialogue."

He stressed that it does not mean resolving all the "differences between the two countries."

Bin Farhan stressed that the most crucial requirement for opening a new page with Iran is a commitment to the agreement stipulated in the Saudi-Iranian-Chinese tripartite statement.

The Minister added that there was no doubt that the interest of the two countries and the region lies in activating paths of cooperation and coordination and focusing on development priorities in a way that leads to realizing the aspirations and hopes of both peoples and the young generations for a better future dominated by security, stability, and prosperity.



Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat : Siddiq al-Mahdi: Sudanese Public Unites on Need to End War

Secretary-General of the Sudanese Coordination of Civil Democratic Forces (Taqaddum), Siddiq al-Mahdi (Aswat Asharq Al-Awsatt)
Secretary-General of the Sudanese Coordination of Civil Democratic Forces (Taqaddum), Siddiq al-Mahdi (Aswat Asharq Al-Awsatt)
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Siddiq al-Mahdi: Sudanese Public Unites on Need to End War

Secretary-General of the Sudanese Coordination of Civil Democratic Forces (Taqaddum), Siddiq al-Mahdi (Aswat Asharq Al-Awsatt)
Secretary-General of the Sudanese Coordination of Civil Democratic Forces (Taqaddum), Siddiq al-Mahdi (Aswat Asharq Al-Awsatt)

Siddiq al-Mahdi, Secretary-General of the Sudanese Coordination of Civil Democratic Forces (Taqaddum), stressed the urgent need for humanitarian aid to Sudanese citizens suffering from the ongoing conflict.

In an interview with Aswat Asharq Al-Awsatt in Addis Ababa, al-Mahdi criticized the National Congress Party for manipulating its alliance with the military to advance its political goals.

Al-Mahdi said he would only engage in the political process if the party ends its connection with the military and security forces.

He highlighted a growing recognition of the need to end the war, noting a shift away from military solutions as a positive sign of Sudanese public opinion converging on the need for peace.

The Taqaddum official said this change has reduced support for the war and increased regional and international calls for its end.

Al-Mahdi warned that the war has caused a severe humanitarian crisis and poses threats to the region, neighboring countries, the Horn of Africa, and Red Sea security.

“The need to stop the war is now urgent, and we must act on this,” he said.

He praised international efforts, including the Paris and Cairo conferences and the UN's attempts to bring the warring sides together in Geneva for aid and protection.

Al-Mahdi also revealed that his coalition had proposed a plan to the military and Rapid Support Forces, focusing on humanitarian aid, political arrangements to end the war, and a transition to civilian democracy.

He stressed that the humanitarian situation cannot wait for the war to end.

“Providing aid and protecting citizens are urgent priorities. We need to act now to deliver aid, even before the war ends,” he said.

He noted that the best approach involves coordinating initiatives from various platforms, including Jeddah, IGAD, and its key member states Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda, as well as Bahrain, the UAE, Egypt, the African Union, and the United Nations.

Al-Mahdi emphasized that all these entities are working on humanitarian and peace efforts.

He stated that any alignment among mediators, conflict parties, and civil components is viewed by Taqaddum as a comprehensive process for achieving peace.