Iran intelligence chief on rare visit to Saudi

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Posted: Dec 13, 2011 4:14 PM
Iran intelligence chief on rare visit to Saudi

Diplomats say Iran's intelligence chief has met the Saudi crown prince in a rare visit to the kingdom, an apparent attempt to ease strained relations between the regional powerhouses.

The diplomats said Tuesday the visit a day earlier came upon request from Iran. They said it was believed to be an attempt to work out problems between Tehran and Riyadh, particularly following an alleged Iranian government plot to murder the Saudi ambassador in Washington.

Few details emerged from the meeting.

The diplomats said Prince Nayef bin Abdel-Aziz Al Saud, also the interior minister, discussed regional issues, including developments in Syria and Bahrain with Iranian Intelligence Minister Haidar Moslehi.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.