Tehran (IP) – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman says Iran-Saudi Arabia talks in Baghdad on Thursday have been serious, positive and forward-looking.

Iran PressIran News: Attending his weekly press briefing on Monday, Saeed Khatibzadeh first commemorated Al-Quds Day in advance and stressed the responsibility of Islamic countries for the Palestinian cause.

He talked about the Zionist regime's crimes escalation in occupied Palestine and the actions of the Iranian Foreign Ministry in this regard and said: "The Zionist regime is trying to depict the Palestine issue as a secondary issue. The public opinion of the Islamic world, despite the conspiracies of the Zionist apartheid regime, still considers the issue of Palestine as its first issue."

Regarding the fifth round of Iran-Saudi talks, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson stated: "The Iran-Saudi Arabia talks in Baghdad were held last Thursday with the efforts of the Iraqi government and the preparations and assistance of the Omani government, and the talks were positive and forward-looking. The frameworks that were envisaged from the beginning were examined and the talks were serious, and if it escalates to the political level, we will see progress in the framework of the negotiations."

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'Freedom' is not excuse to insult sanctities of Muslims

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman called 'freedom' an excuse to insult Muslim’s sanctities.

Responding to Iran Press' question, Saeed Khatibzadeh pointed out that the taken steps in Scandinavia to insult Muslims were not acceptable and the issue is being followed from governments and foreign ministries.

"Beside the issued statements, such actions are on the agendas of negotiations and cooperation with governments," he added.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson underlined: "Although Sweden officials rejected such actions, we expect a stop to insulting Muslim’s sanctities under the pretext of 'freedom'."

Iran's talks with 4+1 over

Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh explained Iran's policies in the region, Afghanistan, Iraq, relations with Saudi Arabia, and the nuclear talks in Vienna.

Vienna talks and telephone calls between FM and Borrell

Negotiations on what concerns Iran and the P4+1 are over, and what remains between Iran and the United States is moving in a different direction, the official noted.

Borrell and Amir Abdullahian believed that the break was not good and that no decision had yet been made on where and at what level the meeting would take place.

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Khatibzadeh stated: "The shuttle diplomcy between a country and the embassies is a normal thing that takes place three, four, or five years based on the countries' decisions and is not new. It has nothing to do with recognizing a political system and other issues. The Embassy of Afghanistan has several thousand clients, and many staff is needed. We must help the embassy not be closed after the end of the mission of their staff."

In response to a question about Helmand water rights, he said: "Water rights are the contract between Iran and Afghanistan that has existed for many years, and Iran is trying to resolve disputes with the judgment by consent, and water commissioners have met and some measures has been taken by the rulers in Afghanistan, which is not enough."

Hajj rituals

We discussed bilateral and regional issues with the Saudi delegation, and God willing, the Hajj will be held and the talks indicate that maybe 40,000 people will be sent to Hajj rituals, and other issues are on the agenda.

Insulting the Holy QuranThe actions observed in some Scandinavian countries were disgusting, and the foreign ministry has been following up on the matter. The Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other agancies have declared their exoneration, but we do not want the sanctities of Muslims to be insulted in the name of freedom.

Palesinian Occupied Territories

We are witnessing the formation of a camp of insiders and outsiders, not only on these issues but also on critical international issues.

We should not let others set our priorities. Our priority in the Islamic world is Palestine and the end of the occupation. Just as the apartheid regime in South Africa met a fate that forced it to distance itself from that ideology, the Zionist apartheid regime must hold a referendum with the participation of the primary inhabitants of Palestine, and that will be done soon.Explosions in AfghanistanThe situation in Afghanistan and all ethnic and religious groups has been very important to Iran since the beginning. We do not have a minority in Afghanistan; we have tribes that today and tomorrow belong to them. Afghanistan's rulers are responsible for ensuring the security of all ethnic groups in the country, but they have not yet been able to establish security in some areas.

Is Iran moving from 60% to 90% uranium enrichment?

Iran is a member of the Non- Proliferation Treaty Organization (NPT) and has accepted the non-proliferation treaty and enforced safeguards regulations. The transfer of centrifuges from Karaj to Natanz has been notified to the Agency, and according to the IAEA statute, we are allowed to take any action with that notification.

Iran-Azerbaijan Rep. relationsIn response to a question about the visit of Mehdi Safari, Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy to Baku, Khatibzadeh said: "Many joint projects between Iran and Azerbaijan have been defined in the last ten months, and Tehran plans to host the presidents of Iran, Turkey, and Azerbaijan."

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