News ID: 315946
Published: 0159 GMT September 01, 2021

Iran, Saudi Arabia to resume talks in Iraq: Envoy

Iran, Saudi Arabia to resume talks in Iraq: Envoy

International Desk

Iran’s Ambassador to Baghdad Iraj Masjedi said on Wednesday that Tehran and Riyadh will hold a fourth round of talks in the Iraqi capital.   

“We had three rounds of talks and chief negotiators agreed to continue discussions,” Masjedi told IRNA.

He said the two sides decided to hold a new round after the new government is set up in Iran. President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi was sworn in on August 5.

Iran confirmed in May that it was in talks with Saudi Arabia, saying it would do what it could to resolve issues between them.

"The purpose of the talks was both bilateral and regional," Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said at the time.

The talks in Baghdad, facilitated by Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, remained secret until the Financial Times reported that the first meeting was held on April 9.

Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said in July that Riyadh and Tehran had “positive stances” during the meetings in Baghdad.

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

The Arab kingdom severed ties with the Islamic Republic five years ago after popular protesters in Iran stormed its diplomatic missions following the execution of a revered Shia cleric.

Masjedi, on Wednesday, said that Iran is ready for dialogue and peace and has offered a helping hand to neighbors and regional countries.

The diplomat said regional countries should have no worries when it comes to Iran, and that it is enemies of this region that attempt to stoke fears about the Islamic Republic.

“Iran’s position is transparent and completely friendly. We share borders with 15 countries and have good relations with all of them,” he added.



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