March 30, 1997 |
Tehran denied it is harboring the alleged mastermind of last year's bombing in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 U.S. servicemen, saying such reports were designed to sabotage Saudi-Iranian relations. A report in the U.S. paper Newsday said American and Canadian intelligence officials believe a Saudi Shiite who planned the June 25 bombing near Dhahran is being protected by the Iranians--a sign Iran might have had a role in the attack. U.S.
July 3, 1990 |
Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani sent messages Monday to 98 world leaders thanking them for helping the victims of last month's earthquake--but he left out the United States. The U.S. government provided $760,000 in aid for the earthquake survivors, according to the State Department, with private American groups sending $4 million. Also missing from the list were Saudi Arabia and Iraq, both of which sent aid.
October 2, 1990 |
The foreign ministers of Iran and Saudi Arabia met in New York to discuss resuming diplomatic ties after a 2 1/2-year rift, Iran said Monday. The move could further isolate Iraq in the Persian Gulf crisis. Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency, monitored in Cyprus, said the meeting between Iran's Ali Akbar Velayati and Saudi Arabia's Prince Saud al Faisal took place Sunday at United Nations headquarters.
September 29, 1990 |
Anti-American marchers swept through Tehran and other cities Friday in the first major Iranian demonstrations of the Persian Gulf crisis. Marking the Muslim holy day, pro-Iraqi rhetoric and threats against Western powers heightened the war of words in several other Middle East capitals. Further protests are expected Monday, the anniversary of the birth of the Prophet Mohammed.
March 21, 1991 |
Iran and Saudi Arabia said Wednesday they will restore diplomatic relations next week, a move likely to raise Tehran's standing in the Persian Gulf and promote regional security. Simultaneous announcements in Riyadh and Tehran said that ties between the two competing Muslim powers will be re-established Tuesday. The agreement apparently was hammered out during a meeting Monday in Oman.
June 16, 1988 |
A senior Iranian official confirmed Wednesday that no Iranians will go to Mecca for next month's Muslim Haj pilgrimage because they have been barred by Saudi Arabia. Mehdi Karrubi, leader of Iran's pilgrims, called the Saudi government corrupt. Last July, 402 people were killed in riots in Mecca.