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Saudi FM Says Open for Talks with Iran, Dismisses ‘Absurd’ Bezos Phone Hacking Claim

Saudi FM Says Open for Talks with Iran, Dismisses ‘Absurd’ Bezos Phone Hacking Claim

Wednesday, 22 January, 2020 - 18:30
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud. (SPA)
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Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said Wednesday that Riyadh was open to talks with Tehran “but it is really up to Iran”.


He told Reuters Iran would have to accept it “cannot further its regional agenda through violence” as a condition for any talks.


Speaking from the World Economic Forum in Davos, he said he was glad the region has "avoided any escalation" with Iran, revealing “many countries" have offered to mediate talks with Tehran.


Separately, he dismissed as “absurd” allegation Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had been involved in a plot to hack the phone of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was “absurd”.


“I think absurd is exactly the right word,” Prince Faisal stated. “The idea that the Crown Prince would hack Jeff Bezos’ phone is absolutely silly.”


The minister said the Kingdom would investigate it were presented with evidence “that substantiated these claims.”


“If there are concerns by some people, we will try to address those,” he said.


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