News ID: 319475
Published: 0321 GMT January 17, 2022

Iranian diplomats in Saudi Arabia to take up OIC posts as sign of rapprochement

Iranian diplomats in Saudi Arabia to take up OIC posts as sign of rapprochement

Three Iranian diplomats arrived in Saudi Arabia to take up posts at the headquarters of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the kingdom, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

Making the remark at a weekly press conference on Monday, Saeed Khatibzadeh described the latest development as a good prelude for the two sides to visit their embassies, Press TV wrote.

He added as President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi pointed out in a press conference after taking office, Iran is ready to open its embassy in Saudi Arabia.

He noted that it depends on the Saudi side and the practical steps its takes, adding, “We will think of all preparations to make this take place.”

The spokesman also said paying attention to one’s words and deeds is a prelude to a détente between Tehran and Riyadh, which, “God willing, our friends in Saudi Arabia are increasingly cognizant of”.

On Saturday, a member of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee said Iran and Saudi Arabia are preparing to reopen embassies after five years of severed ties.

The restoration of ties between the two important countries of Iran and Saudi Arabia would play a substantial role in easing tensions in the region, Jalil Rahimi Jahanabadi said in a tweet.

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

For years, the kingdom pursued a confrontational foreign policy toward the Islamic Republic, but since last year, the kingdom appears to have changed tack.

The two Middle East heavyweights have held four rounds of talks since April, including a meeting last month under the Iranian administration of President Raeisi.

In an interview with Al Jazeera published on January 6, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Tehran and Riyadh have so far held four rounds of “positive and constructive” talks in Iraq.

He expressed Tehran’s readiness to restore relations with Riyadh at any time, adding that Iran welcomes the reopening of the two sides’ embassies and consulates.

In an interview with the Financial Times published in October, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud signaled his country’s desire to repair relations with Iran, saying the kingdom is “serious” about talks with the Islamic Republic.

Describing the negotiations as “exploratory” but “cordial”, he said “we are serious about the talks. For us it’s not that big a shift. We’ve always said we want to find a way to stabilize the region.”




Resource: Press TV
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