Iran’s foreign minister meets Saudi crown prince in Jeddah

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has met with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the city of Jeddah, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Friday.

During the meeting, the foreign minister and the crown prince engaged in discussions concerning the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Iran, alongside exploring opportunities for bilateral collaboration and strategies for its enhancement.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud also attended the meeting. They discussed regional and international developments.

Amir-Abdollahian arrived in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, marking his initial visit to the Kingdom after both nations decided to reestablish diplomatic ties, facilitated by a deal brokered by China in March.

The Iranian Foreign Minister met with his Saudi counterpart, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, in Riyadh. Following their meeting, Amir-Abdollahian expressed during a joint press conference with Prince Faisal that the relations with Saudi Arabia were progressing positively. He emphasized that his country is resolute in enhancing ties with the Kingdom.

Prince Faisal stated that Saudi Arabia is eager to enhance its bilateral relationship with Iran. He highlighted that the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries holds significant importance for regional security.

As per the agreement signed in March, Saudi Arabia and Iran decided to reopen embassies and consulates within each other’s territories. Additionally, they committed to implementing security and economic cooperation agreements signed more than two decades ago.

Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic relations with Iran in 2016 after an attack by demonstrators supporting the Iranian regime on the Saudi embassy in Tehran and the Saudi consulate in Mashhad.

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