The five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany have failed to settle all their differences on the wording of a second UN sanction resolution against Iran and its nuclear ambitions. However all parties remain committed to a second tranche of sanctions, according to a US state department spokesperson.
Meanwhile, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah held rare talks in Riyadh. The Iranian President on his return to Iran said: “The two countries would stand together against enemy plots seeking to divide the Muslim world.”
The summit comes at a time of sectarian division and tension between the Saudis and Iran over events in Iraq and Lebannon. Saudi Arabia, a major Sunni power in the region and Iran, an important Shi’ite nation, have found themselves aligned with groups on opposing political sides. The two leaders agreed that greatest danger facing the Muslim world is the strife that currently exists between Sunni and Shi’ite communities.