“…Saudi call to Iran ends strike... & Prince Bandar heading to Tehran”
On January 24, Al Arabiya.net, a Saudi-owned online news service, reported that: “A knowledgeable source revealed that Saudi Arabia interfered to end the clashes which emerged in Lebanon due to the strike of the opposition and the blocking of the roads, according to what was reported on Al Arabiya channel on Wednesday 24-1-2007. The sources assured to Al Arabiya that a call was made by Riyadh to the Iranian government calling upon it to show more cooperation in the region, which Tehran had previously promised to do, in order to contain the serious deterioration of the situation.
“They added that Iran asked Hezbollah yesterday to end the strike which entailed the besieging of Beirut and the increase of the tensions between the conflicting parties. In the context of seeking a solution to the Lebanese crisis Saudi Monarch King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz sent Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, the secretary-general of the National Security Council, to Tehran to meet with Supreme Guide Ali Khamanei. The two countries recently witnessed intensive contacts, whereby the head of the Iranian national security council, Ali Larijani, made three visits to Saudi Arabia within a short period of time, one of which was following a secret visit made by Larijani to Syria…” - Al Arabiya.net, Middle East
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