The Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir said that the meeting held recently in Vienna on Syria was characterized by frank discussions among all parties.
Addressing Manama Dialogue Forum yesterday, he said that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad should depart so that Syria returns to security and stability and that that the Vienna meeting reviewed the gradual establishment of a transitional government ensuring security non-looseness, hoping that Russia persuades Al-Assad to depart. Minister Al-Jubeir renewed his welcome of Iran's nuclear agreement, considering it as an appropriate opportunity for Tehran to prove its good intentions for reintegration and play an active role in the region, asking whether Iran intends to change its policy carried out over the past years towards the countries of the region.
Minister Al-Jubeir said, “the Gulf countries seek to enhance security and stability in the region, and have extended a friendly hand to Iran, which for its part, has made attempts to smuggle weapons to the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and now the ball is in Iran's court to prove its good intentions in the next phase and to desist from interfering in the internal affairs of neighboring countries.”
The foreign minister expressed no objection to the promotion of relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran, noting that the two countries had good relations before the Iranian revolution.
As for the visit of Omani Foreign Minister to Syria, he said, “we do not question the intentions of the Sultanate of Oman and we are confident that it came for approaching the views with Syria.”