News ID: 323027
Published: 0352 GMT July 22, 2022

Saudi Arabia ready to move talks to higher level: Iran FM

Saudi Arabia ready to move talks to higher level: Iran FM

Iran and Saudi Arabia are ready to move talks to a higher level, said Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

“Progress has been made in these negotiations,” Amir-Abdollahian said in an interview with national broadcaster on Thursday night. Since April last year, Iraq has hosted five rounds of talks between the two neighbors.

The minister added last week Iran had received a message from Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein, who said, “The Saudi side is ready to move the talks to the political and public level”.

“We announced our readiness for the talks to enter the political stage”, he said.

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

Amir-Abdollahian said he hoped that the negotiations with Riyadh would lead to “normal diplomatic ties”.

Following the severance of ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi downgraded diplomatic relations with Tehran and Kuwait recalled its ambassador, AFP wrote.

Last week the United Arab Emirates said it was “considering” appointing an ambassador to Tehran.

Amir-Abdollahian said the UAE “has decided to send an ambassador to Tehran”, which will happen “soon”.

Amir-Abdollahian also said a similar measure is being taken by Kuwait.



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