News ID: 322870
Published: 0212 GMT July 13, 2022

Iran hopes for concrete result in talks with Saudi Arabia

Iran hopes for concrete result in talks with Saudi Arabia

International Desk

Iran on Wednesday expressed hope that a “tangible step” would be taken during the next round of talks with Saudi Arabia.

“We are trying to take a tangible step forward in the new round of negotiations,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani told a news briefing in Tehran.

Kanaani described previous discussions as “promising and encouraging,” saying the two regional powers “moved forward” in the talks mediated by Iraq.

“Both sides have the motivation and desire to hold a new round of negotiations,” the spokesman said, predicting “political willpower” of Iran and Saudi Arabia would result in “better happenings”.

Baghdad has hosted five rounds of talks between Tehran and Riyadh in an effort to resolve differences and reopen their embassies.

Saudi Arabia severed ties with Iran in 2016 after Iranian protesters, angered by the kingdom’s execution of a revered Shia cleric, stormed the Saudi diplomatic missions in Tehran and Mashhad.

In March, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Saudi Arabia and Iran are “neighbors forever” and “can reach a position that’s good for both countries”.

“It’s better for both of us to work it out and to look for ways in which we can coexist,” the de facto leader said.



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