DAVOS, Switzerland Jan 18 Iran and Saudi Arabia
should be able to work together to help end conflicts in Syria
and Yemen, after successfully cooperating over Lebanon last
year, Iran's foreign minister said.
"I do not see any reason why Iran and Saudi Arabia should
have hostile policies towards each other. We can in fact work
together to put an end to miserable conditions of the people in
Syria and Yemen and Bahrain and elsewhere in the region,"
Mohammad Javad Zarif told the World Economic Forum.
"Iran and Saudi Arabia were able to actually stop impeding
the process of the presidential election in Lebanon. We have a
success story," Zarif said in Davos on Wednesday.
Michel Aoun, a Christian leader, was elected president of
Lebanon last week. Aoun is a close ally of Lebanon's Hezbollah,
an Iran-backed Shi'ite Muslim group, and Iran welcomed Aoun's
election as a victory for Hezbollah.
Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Iran also back opposing
factions in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Bahrain.
(Reporting by Dmitry Zhdannikov; Editing by Alexander Smith)