News ID: 314554
Published: 0242 GMT July 06, 2021

Iran: Talks with Saudi Arabia progress but time needed to resolve disputes

Iran: Talks with Saudi Arabia progress but time needed to resolve disputes

Iran said that progress had been made in talks with Saudi Arabia but noted that some of their disputes are complex and may take time to resolve.

“Some progress has been achieved in these talks… In some cases, disputes may have complexities that take time to resolve,” government spokesman Ali Rabiei told a news conference in Tehran on Tuesday.

The official-level talks began in the Iraqi capital Baghdad to restore relations that Saudi Arabia severed five years ago after protesters in Iran stormed its diplomatic missions following the execution of a Shia cleric in the Arab kingdom.

Facilitated by Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, the talks had remained secret until the Financial Times reported that a first meeting had been held in Baghdad on April 9.

Iran confirmed on May 10 that the talks had been held.

Rabiei said that Iran has begun talks with Saudi Arabia according to a policy that gives priority to neighbors.

“We still believe that dialogue, especially among the societies of the Muslim world, is the only decent solution in resolving differences,” he added, according to Tasnim News Agency.

Rabiei added that a series of issues of disagreement between Iran and Saudi Arabia have been mooted in a friendly manner and with goodwill in the talks that have been held so far.

The spokesman also said that Iran considers the negotiations and their continuation until minimizing the differences to be positive, and is prepared to press on with the talks seriously on the basis of mutual goodwill and fulfillment of interests.

Last week, Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said that his country is “open to dialogue with Iran”.

Farhan told the Italian daily La Repubblica that Riyadh and Tehran had “positive stances” during the meetings in Baghdad.

He expressed hope that the talks would open a new chapter in bilateral relations.



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