Deal with Saudi Arabia a step forward – Middle East Monitor

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said yesterday that restoring ties with Saudi Arabia is a “step forward”, adding that improving relations with neighbors is part of the doctrine of the Republic.

Speaking at a joint press conference held with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in the Russian capital, Moscow, the Iranian diplomat said that “the development of relations between Riyadh and Tehran needs time, and there are still problems to be solved, but it is not considered that they are obstacles. with the progress of the talks.”

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He noted that he would meet his Saudi counterpart, Faisal Bin Farhan, “soon”.

Earlier this month, Riyadh and Tehran announced the conclusion of an agreement to restore diplomatic ties that were severed seven years ago. Both sides are expected to open their embassies in each other’s capitals in two months.

Top Saudi and Iranian diplomats have since held two phone calls and are expected to meet during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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