Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian  (file photo)

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian

Iran Welcomes Resumption Of Ties With Saudi Arabia: FM

Wednesday, 02/22/2023

While Tehran has not changed its policies in the region, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian claimed the Islamic Republic would welcome the resumption of ties with Saudi Arabia.

According to AFP, Amir-Abdollahian made the comments in his visit to Baghdad on Wednesday during talks with his Iraqi counterpart about the stalled negotiations between Tehran and Riyadh, which were held with the mediation of Baghdad.

Baghdad plays the role of a mediator in the talks between Tehran and Riyadh, which have been cut off since about seven years ago.

These negotiations started two years ago in Iraq and have been halted for more than a year now.

At a joint press conference with Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein, Amir-Abdollahian said Tehran welcomes the Iraqi government's "efforts to strengthen dialogue and cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Iran."

He also referred to a similar mediation by Baghdad in talks between Tehran and Cairo to warm their relations.

The statements by Amir-Abdollahian come while a few months ago, Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, and Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the President of Egypt emphasized the necessity of preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

After a meeting in Cairo in June, bin Salman and Sisi stressed his support for international efforts to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons and to create a zone free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.

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