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Optimism about the return of Saudi-Iranian relations

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian revealed the latest developments in the talks with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, after five rounds of dialogue.

Abdullahian revealed that there is optimism about the return of relations between Riyadh and Tehran to normal, stressing that it is beneficial for the two countries and the region alike.

He added, “The Islamic Republic was and still welcomes talks, cooperation and interaction with Saudi Arabia, and we have made progress during the previous five rounds of talks with Iraqi mediation, and currently we are in the process of organizing and programming a new round of talks.”

He continued, “We hope to witness concrete steps, procedures, and clear results on the ground. Specific understandings have turned into practical and executive steps, but we still have issues in the process of dialogue between us and the Saudi side.”

And he added, “We believe that the result of these talks will be the creation of an appropriate atmosphere for the reopening of the embassies of the two countries in the two capitals at the appropriate time, and the Islamic Republic has always welcomed the progress of talks, interaction, and the return of relations to their normal state.”

Earlier last month, Iranian Foreign Minister Hussein Amir Abdullahian revealed a meeting he had with his Saudi counterpart, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, on the sidelines of the “Baghdad 2” summit in Jordan.

Abdullahian said, “The Saudi foreign minister assured him of Riyadh’s readiness to continue dialogue with Iran,” noting that he also met on the sidelines of the meeting with the foreign ministers of Oman, Qatar, Iraq and Kuwait.

The last announced round of dialogue between the two countries took place in April 2022, and the dialogue stopped without reaching an agreement, despite the statements of the leaders of the two countries of their desire to close this file and establish a bilateral relationship based on respect for the other.

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