General Mohammad Bagheri, chief of staff of Iran's armed forces. File photo

General Mohammad Bagheri, chief of staff of Iran's armed forces.

Iran Commander Says 'Misunderstandings' With Gulf States Partly Resolved

12/13/2021

The chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces said Monday that Tehran had meetings with Saudi And Emirati sides and to an extent “misunderstandings” were resolved.

General Mohammad Bagheri was speaking in a meeting with the visiting deputy commander of Oman’s armed forces. He added that no contacts have been established with Bahrain, but Oman can perhaps help in that matter.

Iranian and Saudi officials held meetings earlier this year, that according to Riyadh were exploratory and did not lead to any breakthrough. Saudi Arabia severed ties with Iran in 2016.

Saudi and Iranian experts took part in a security dialogue in the Jordanian capital Amman which discussed confidence-building measures between the regional rivals, Jordan's state news agency Petra reported on Monday.

A senior Iranian diplomat told Reuters that no Iranian official attended the session, which Petra said was hosted by the Arab Institute for Security Studies.

"What was held in Amman was not an official meeting. But of course, such meetings between academics are useful to give better understanding about realities between the two neighbors," the diplomat said.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett visited Abu Dhabi and met Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan on Monday, where they discussed Iran among other issues.

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