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An upcoming Iranian-Saudi meeting in Baghdad

Iraqi media reported that the Iranian Foreign Minister, Hussein Amir Abdollahian, and his Saudi counterpart, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, might visit the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, to revive bilateral relations.

The Iraqi newspaper quoted an Iraqi government source as confirming that “the stage of security meetings between the Iranian and Saudi sides has ended, and today we entered the stage of holding meetings with a diplomatic dimension,” expecting that “the foreign ministers of Iran and Saudi Arabia will visit Baghdad to revive relations between Tehran and Riyadh.”

And the Iraqi News Agency had quoted an informed source, as saying that “the discussions that Al-Kazemi held during his visit last week to the two countries resulted in resolving many outstanding files, which could help ease tensions throughout the region.”

In response to a question whether the visit of Saudi officials to Baghdad will take place before the Jeddah summit in mid-July, the source confirmed that “this matter requires arrangements between the three capitals,” without giving further details.

An Iraqi official announced, earlier, that “the next meeting between Iran and Saudi Arabia will be held at a diplomatic level, unlike the past five meetings.”

As for the Iranian newspaper, “Iraq will host a meeting between Iranian and Saudi diplomats,” adding that “previous meetings that were held in Baghdad between Tehran and Riyadh were devoted to discussing security and intelligence issues, but the next meeting will be held at a diplomatic level.”

The Iraqi official also confirmed that “the next meeting will be held in Baghdad, according to the initial agreement reached by the Saudis and the Iranians,” he said.

The Iraqi Foreign Minister, Fouad Hussein, confirmed last Thursday his country’s readiness to launch political talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and in a statement that the Iranian Foreign Ministry reported, Hussein made a phone call with his Iranian counterpart, Hussein Amir Abdullahian, during which he discussed bilateral relations, joint cooperation and Saudi-Iranian negotiations.

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