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Saudi Arabia and Iran sign security agreement

Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz left Tehran today at the end of a four-day visit to Iran, during which he signed, with Iranian Interior Minister Abdol Vahed Musavi-Lari, the security agreement between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran. At a press conference following the signing yesterday, Prince Nayef reiterated that the Agreement constitutes a framework for cooperation between the two countries in various spheres of common interest, notably the fight against all forms of crime, terrorism, drug smuggling and money laundering.

In reply to a question on Iraqi threats to Kuwait, Prince Nayef said this issue was reviewed with the Iranian officials, and declared that Iran is fully supportive of the Kingdom's position. On the Palestinian issue, he confirmed that the Iranians are concerned with restoration of the Palestinians' legitimate rights, and stressed the importance of an effective and integrated Arab and Islamic stance to end Israeli intransigence, reiterating the Kingdom's condemnation of Israel's recent aggression against the Syrian forces on Lebanese territory.
During his visit, Prince Nayef held talks with a number of Iranian officials. With Iranian President Muhammad Khatemi yesterday, he said, he had reviewed the sufferings of the Iraqi people, pointing out that the situation in the north of Iraq differs from that in the central and southern part of the country and expressing the hope that the media makes the facts clear.