Report: Iran says Saudi comment on it being 'part of the problem' in Mideast may damage ties



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In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 photo, released by Saudi Press Agency, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal gives a press conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. Al-Faisal accused Tehran on Monday of having forces inside Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and insisted that Iran is "part of the problem" in trying to defuse a myriad of Mideast crises. Iran's state news agency is reporting Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, that the Islamic Republic's Foreign Ministry has warned Saudi Arabia that comments calling it "part of the problem" in the Middle East may damage diplomatic ties. Saudi Arabia, a Sunni powerhouse, and Iran, the dominant Shiite force in the Middle East, long have viewed each other with suspicion. (AP Photo/SPA)


In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 photo, released by Saudi Press Agency, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal, gives a press conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. Al-Faisal accused Tehran on Monday of having forces inside Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and insisted that Iran is "part of the problem" in trying to defuse a myriad of Mideast crises. Iran's state news agency is reporting Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, that the Islamic Republic's Foreign Ministry has warned Saudi Arabia that comments calling it "part of the problem" in the Middle East may damage diplomatic ties. Saudi Arabia, a Sunni powerhouse, and Iran, the dominant Shiite force in the Middle East, long have viewed each other with suspicion. (AP Photo/SPA)


In this photo released by Saudi Press Agency, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, left, shakes hands with Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul-Aziz during a meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. During a joint press conference, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal lashed out at regional rival Iran, accusing the Shiite powerhouse of having forces inside Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and insisting that Iran is “part of the problem” in trying to defuse the myriad Mideast crises. Saudi Arabia is part of the U.S.-led coalition conducting air strikes against Islamic State fighters who have taken over parts of Iraq and Syria. (AP Photo/SPA)


TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's Foreign Ministry warned Saudi Arabia on Tuesday that comments calling it "part of the problem" in the Middle East may damage diplomatic ties, the country's state news agency reported.

Saudi Arabia, a Sunni powerhouse, and Iran, the dominant Shiite force in the Middle East, long have viewed each other with suspicion. However the two countries have recently tried to get closer ties through bilateral meetings and visits.

On Monday, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal accused Tehran of having forces inside Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and insisted that Iran is "part of the problem" in trying to defuse a myriad of Mideast crises.

Reacting to al-Faisal, Iran's IRNA news agency quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian as saying: "The remark, if the report carried it precisely, is in contradiction with diplomatic negotiators between the two countries."

Iran insists it has no forces on the ground in any of the three countries, but has sent advisers to help Syrian President Bashar Assad amid his country's three-year civil war, as well as to the Shiite-led government in Baghdad to help Iraq battle the Islamic State group.

Iran is Syria's strongest ally in the Middle East, and has provided Assad's government with military and political backing for years. Iran also is believed to be sending weapons and money to Syria.

Amirabdollahian said that Iran helps both Iraq and Syria to fight terrorism and called Yemen's current crisis a domestic issue. He also noted that Saudi Arabia, leading other Sunni-ruled Gulf countries, sent troops to Bahrain to quell an uprising there.

"If Riyadh would have ended its military presence in Bahrain, then the political solution and the termination of suppression of the people, as well as a national dialogue, could be realized," Amirabdollahian said.

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