Iran says ‘good relations’ possible if Saudis cut ties to Israel
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Iran says ‘good relations’ possible if Saudis cut ties to Israel

Iranian President Rouhani calls Riyadh’s alleged cooperation with Jewish state a ‘false friendship’

A handout photo provided by the office of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shows him speaking during a meeting with farmers in Tehran, November 21, 2017. (AFP/Iranian Presidency)
A handout photo provided by the office of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shows him speaking during a meeting with farmers in Tehran, November 21, 2017. (AFP/Iranian Presidency)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says Iran is ready to restore ties with Saudi Arabia if it stops bombing Yemen and cuts its alleged ties with Israel.

In a speech broadcast Sunday, Rouhani said the regional rivals could have “good relations” if the Saudis end their “false friendship” with Israel and halt the “inhuman bombardment” of Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is battling Iranian-allied rebels known as Houthis.

Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic relations with Iran in January 2016 after Iranian demonstrators attacked Saudi diplomatic missions in response to the Saudi execution of a prominent Shiite dissident cleric. Tensions spiked again last month after the Houthis fired a ballistic missile that was intercepted near Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia does not recognize Israel, but the two countries have a shared interest in countering Iran.

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