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Saudi foreign ministry says delegation arrives in Iran

Two longtime Middle East rivals pledge to work together

By AFP - Apr 08,2023 - Last updated at Apr 08,2023

This handout photo released by the Saudi Press Agency shows Saudi Foreign Affairs Minister Prince Faisal Bin Farhan and Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian during a meeting in Beijing on April 6 (AFP photo)

RIYADH — A Saudi Arabian diplomatic delegation arrived on Saturday in Tehran to discuss the reopening of its diplomatic missions after a seven-year absence, Riyadh's foreign ministry said.

The visit follows an unprecedented meeting between the foreign ministers of both countries in China this week after they agreed last month to restore diplomatic ties.

Saturday's visit is part of "implementing the tripartite agreement" reached on March 10 between the two regional powers, brokered by China, to restore relations ruptured in 2016, the Saudi foreign ministry said, cited by the official Saudi Press Agency.

The two longtime Middle East rivals have now pledged to work together.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal Bin Farhan and his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian met in Beijing on Thursday and vowed to bring "security and stability" to the turbulent Gulf region.

On Saturday, a Saudi "technical delegation" met Iran's chief of protocol at the foreign ministry in Tehran, SPA said.

The two countries severed ties after protesters in the Islamic republic attacked Saudi diplomatic missions following Riyadh's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has been invited by Saudi King Salman to Riyadh, a trip planned to take place after the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

 

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