Visiting Iranian President Mohammed Khatami held further talks in Jeddah today with Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, and had lunch with Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz. Meanwhile, Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Sayed Kamal Kharazzi met with Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, who said after the meeting that the discussion covered ways and means of continuing the cooperation between the Saudi and Iranian foreign ministries for the implementation of the issues agreed upon. This cooperation, he said, would have a positive impact, adding that the two countries have the ability to play a crucial role in ending disputes in the region. Concerning regional security, Prince Saud remarked that confidence is the base, and that it was his belief the two countries have built up this necessary confidence.
A joint communiqué was issued today at the end of the state visit.