Iranian, Saudi FMs to Meet at Earliest Opportunity

Iranian, Saudi FMs to Meet at Earliest Opportunity

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The foreign ministers of Iran and Saudi Arabia agreed to meet at the earliest opportunity and lay the groundwork for the reopening of the diplomatic missions.

Hossein Amiradollahian and his Saudi counterpart Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud held a telephone conversation early on Thursday, discussing the ongoing normalization of relations between the countries, which were kick-started under a Chinese-brokered deal earlier this month.

Saudi Arabia severed its diplomatic relations with Iran in 2016 following angry protests outside its embassy in Tehran over Riyadh's execution of prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr. The rapprochement agreement was struck after several days of intensive negotiations between Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani and his Saudi counterpart in the Chinese capital and was officially announced in a joint statement by Iran, Saudi Arabia, and China.

Amirabdollahian welcomed the developing return of the countries' relations back to normal and expressed the Islamic Republic's readiness to expand and reinforce its ties with the Saudi kingdom.

Pointing to the positive achievements of the Beijing meeting, the Saudi official laid emphasis on the need for the ministers to meet in the near future and the importance of re-inauguration of the countries' respective embassies and consulates general.

During the phone call, the two top diplomats also exchanged felicitations over the pending commencement of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

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