Iran's Zarif urges Trump to discuss avoiding another 9/11 with Saudis

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Ten days into his presidency, Trump promised in a phone call to Saudi Arabia's King Salman to "rigorously enforc [e] the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action", referring to the deal's formal name, and "address Iran's destabilizing regional activities".

Iran's foreign minister suggested that the president's flattering rhetoric toward the Saudis in the address was a result of dealmaking between the USA and Saudi Arabia.

Critics of Saudi Arabia have said that its strict view of Islam fuels Sunni extremism, called takfir, and some accuse the Saudis of responsibility for the September 11, 2001, terror attacks in the United States.

In an editorial published by the London-based Al-Araby Al-Jadeed website on Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif advised U.S. President Donald Trump to discuss with Saudi leaders how to prevent another September 11 attack from taking place.

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Tillerson also stressed that it is important to show solidarity to move forward and consolidate the security interests of both countries, to confront extremist terrorism and eradicate it, and to drain the terrorists' sources of funding, and register progress in joint defense cooperation.

President Trump while in Saudi Arabia is getting "concrete commitments" from Persian Gulf leaders to end radical Islamic terrorism but is not pressing the issue of human rights violations in the regions, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday.

Saudi Arabia, a staunch adversary of Iran, deeply opposed the nuclear accord forged between former president Barack Obama and world powers with Tehran.

The remarks also came after reformist Iranian President Hassan Rohani was resoundingly reelected to a second term on May 19, a result some observers say could improve Tehran's relations with the West.

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