Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says it wants “good relations” with its arch-rival Iran.

The prince told Al Arabiya TV that his country wanted Iran to help push the Middle East towards prosperity.

But he noted that it had an issue with “Iran’s negative behaviour”, citing its nuclear programme, missile launches and support for “outlaw militias”.

He added that Saudi Arabia was working with its regional and global partners “to find solutions to these problems”.

The prince’s comments come days after reports emerged that top Saudi and Iranian officials had held secret talks in Iraq in a bid to repair relations.

Saudi sources denied the reports, but Iran’s foreign ministry neither confirmed nor denied them, saying instead that it “always welcomed dialogue”.