News ID: 318933
Published: 0222 GMT December 24, 2021

Tehran, Riyadh will hold next round of talks in Baghdad: Iranian FM

Tehran, Riyadh will hold next round of talks in Baghdad: Iranian FM

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian hailed efforts made by the Iraqi government to help clear misunderstandings between Iran and Saudi Arabia, saying that Tehran would participate in the next round of talks with Riyadh, which will be held in Baghdad.

“In the last round of talks, we offered a set of practical and constructive proposals to the Saudi side. God willing, the two countries’ delegations will meet in Baghdad in the near future and will work on the implementation of the next phase of the agreements,” the top Iranian diplomat added.

He also voiced Iran’s readiness for the two countries’ technical delegations to visit their respective embassies and make necessary preparations for the restoration of mutual relations, saying, “We, however, have to wait and see when this will happen, and as a result of which round of the Iran-Saudi talks in Baghdad.”

Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic relations with Iran in January 2016 after Iranian protesters, enraged by the Saudi execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, stormed its embassy in Tehran.

For years, the kingdom pursued a confrontational foreign policy toward the Islamic Republic, but it recently appeared to have changed track.

The two Middle East heavyweights have held four rounds of talks since April, including a first meeting last month with the representatives of the government of Raeisi.

In an interview with France 24 last month, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, said his country is committed to substantive dialogue with Iran on addressing common concerns of regional countries, adding that Tehran and Riyadh plan to hold another round of talks soon.

Saud said the four previous rounds of talks between the two countries have been so far “exploratory in nature. They have been cordial but not substantive”.

“We are committed to a substantive discussion with Iran on addressing the concerns we and other countries in the region have. That would allow us to come to a normal relationship… but that would require addressing all the concerns that we all have,’ the top Saudi diplomat added.

Iran’s foreign minister also noted on Thursday that Tehran last week received the Saudi government’s approval on visas for three Iranian diplomats who will be based at the headquarters of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Jeddah, according to Mehr News Agency.

A Saudi Foreign Ministry official also said on Friday that the three Iranian diplomats have received visas from Saudi Arabia, AFP reported.




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