Iraqi Interior Minister Qasim al-Araji (pictured) has said that Saudi Prince Mohammad bin-Salman has "officially asked Iraq to act as a mediator between Tehran and Riyadh to reduce tensions."
According to a news agency report, Al-Araji made the remarks at a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli in Tehran.
Referring to his recent visit to Saudi Arabia and meeting with the Saudi prince, Al-Araji said:
"Mohammad bin-Salman requested me officially for Iraq's mediation between Iran and Saudi Arabia to reduce tensions. Before, Malik Salman had made such a request too. I told them that they should treat Iranian pilgrims with respect and the best possible way and allow them to visit Al-Baqi' cemetery.
"The Saudi party gave some promises with this regard, and now Iranian pilgrims can visit the cemetery. We believe that relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia can held establishing security in the region".
(Picture credit: Mohsen Ahmed Alkhafaji)