Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh. FILE PHOTO

Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh. FILE PHOTO

Iran Describes Talks With Saudi Arabia As Optimal


Talks between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Saudi Arabia “are in their best state”, foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibazadeh said in Tehran on Monday.

Khatibzadeh told reporters that there are no pre-conditions by the two sides in the current talks.

The Iranian spokesman did not confirm reports that a Saudi delegation will visit Tehran to reopen its embassy after Riyadh cut relations following the sacking of its diplomatic mission by Iranian protesters in January 2016.

Iran President Ebrahim Raisi (Raeesi) and his foreign policy team have several times emphasized that the priority of the new government in Tehran is to improve relations with regional countries. The United States and its regional allies demand a change in Tehran’s interferences in the rgion.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud had said Sunday that the latest round of talks had taken place on Sept. 21. He did not give the location of the meeting. But he emphasized that talks were still in their early stages.

"These discussions are still in the exploratory phase. We hope they will provide a basis to address unresolved issues between the two sides and we will strive and work to realize that,” he said.

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