Arrangements Being Finalized for Iran-Saudi Ministerial Meeting

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said arrangements are being made about the time and venue of a meeting with his Saudi counterpart Faisal bin Farhan.

Speaking to reporters on the occasion of the Islamic Republic Day on Saturday, the top Iranian diplomat was asked about the time and location of a planned meeting with his Saudi counterpart.

“We are scheduled to have a (telephone) conversation with the Saudi counterpart within the next 48 hours and finalize (the time and place of meeting),” Amirabdollahian replied.

Congratulating the Iranian people on the 44th anniversary of adoption of the Islamic Republic as the country’s official governing system, the foreign minister said the Islamic Republic of Iran derives its legitimacy from the Iranian people.

“The secret to the persistence of the Islamic Republic of Iran is the continuation of legitimacy and the strong and high vote of people for the sacred establishment,” he stated.

The foreign minister also described the failure of the hostile polices against the Islamic Republic during the past 44 years as a result of the Iranian people’s trust in the Islamic Republic and their heartfelt support for the country.

Forty four years ago, the Iranian people’s call for a political system based upon Islamic values gained a momentum when more than 98 percent of the eligible voters in a two-day national referendum voted for the Islamic Republic establishment.

The Iranians’ move to opt for the Islamic Republic as the country’s political system followed less than two months after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in February 1979, which put an end to 2,500 years of monarchic rule in Iran.

The system was established in Iran in line with the popular motto of the Revolution that demanded “Independence, Freedom and the Islamic Republic” for the country.

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