Iran, Saudi FMs Meet In Riyadh; President Raisi To Visit Saudi Arabia

Saturday 19 August 2023 - 19:30

Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Hossein Amirabdollahia met with his Saudi Arabian counterpart Faisal bin Farhan in Riyadh on Friday, August 18th.

ISWNews Analysis Group – During the meeting, the Saudi foreign minister expressed Saudi Arabia’s serious intention to pave the way for signing an agreement between the two nations and follow up previous agreements in the fields of security and economy.

Given the development of bilateral relations and the strengthening of regional stability, the representatives of the two countries have begun their work, and the start of the ambassadors’ work will be towards establishing new relations between the two countries, bin Farhan argued.

Amirabdollahian, for his part, announced Iran’s intention to execute existing agreements between the two states in the economic, commercial and security fields.
The top Iranian diplomat also said that Tehran has established important relationships with Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries in the West Asia region, including Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, and that the Islamic Republic believes regional security and development are in the interest of all regional nations.

The Iranian FM further referred to the fact that Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has officially invited Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to visit the kingdom, and that Raisi’s trip to Saudi Arabia will take place at an appropriate time.

Preparations for negotiations aimed at reconstructing relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia kicked off last year and the talks were finalized with an agreement between representatives of the two countries in Beijing, China, on March 6, 2023, and a trilateral statement was also signed to restore relationship between the two neighboring nations.
As a result of the resumption of diplomatic relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia, peace negotiations in Yemen also resumed and negotiations between the Ansar Allah movement and the Saudis continued with Oman’s mediation.

However, Yemen is one of the regional disputes between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and the two countries have also differences over other issues such as Iran’s nuclear capability, the dispute over the three Iranian islands (Abu Musa, Greater and Lesser Tunbs), joint gas fields in the Persian Gulf, regional security issues, Saudi support for opposition media outlets, Arab countries’ relations with the Zionist regime, as well as the United States’ military presence in the West Asia region. It seems that the two countries are determined to solve these problems!

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