British foreign minister discusses Iran with Saudi crown prince 

FILE PHOTO: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman smiles during a televised interview in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 27, 2021. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS


June 7, 2021

DUBAI (Reuters) - Britain's foreign minister Dominic Raab met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the kingdom on Monday and discussed Iran in addition to bilateral ties and climate change, the British foreign office said.

Raab's visit comes as global powers work to revive a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran that Saudi Arabia had opposed for not addressing Tehran's missile programme and support for regional proxies, including in Yemen.

"The UK reaffirms our commitment to tackling our shared security challenges, including Iranian threats and the continued conflict in Yemen," a foreign office statement quoted Raab as saying, adding that Riyadh was a close friend and long-standing partner.

Saudi Arabia, which is locked in a regional rivalry with foe Iran, has urged global powers to secure a stronger deal of longer duration at talks in Vienna that aim to bring both the United States and Iran back into full compliance with the pact.

Washington quit the agreement in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions on Iran, prompting Tehran to gradually violate several of the pact's nuclear restrictions.

The Saudi foreign ministry said in a Twitter post that the kingdom's de facto ruler and the British minister had discussed efforts to enhance regional security and stability as well as joint cooperation in various fields.

Saud Arabia leads a military coalition that has been battling Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement, which has launched missile and drone attacks on the kingdom.