February 1, 2016 / 11:25 AM / in 2 years

U.N.'s Ban says Saudi Arabia and Iran should compromise

DUBAI (Reuters) - Regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran should reconcile and help resolve tensions in the Middle East, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks to the media during his visit to Halo village, a drought stricken area in Oromia region in Ethiopia, January 31, 2016. Picture taken January 31, 2016. REUTERS/Edmund Blair

“I hope that both Iran and Saudi Arabia, despite mistrust and difficulties, will bring realism, responsibility and compromise to their dealings, and to the region,” Ban said in a speech in Oman’s capital Muscat according to transcript emailed by the U.N. press office.

Writing by Sylvia Westall; Editing by Dominic Evans

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