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Riad in Tehran is “preparing to reopen the embassy,” Iranian politicians say

Efforts to repair the broken relationship between Iran and Saudi Arabia have recently intensified in four talks between officials from both countries, mediated by Iraq, in Baghdad since April last year.

Riad and Tehran began direct negotiations in April 2021 to contain tensions, and world powers negotiated a revival of the nuclear deal with Iran in 2015. (AP / Reuters) (AP)

Six years after breaking diplomatic relations, Iran and Saudi Arabia, their enemies, are slowly moving towards reconciliation and preparing to reopen the embassy, ​​according to Iran’s senior lawmakers.

Jalil Rahimi Jahanabadi, a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian Parliament, said in a Saturday post on Twitter that the two countries are on the road to regaining their collapsed relations. ..

The two neighbors were attacked on two Saudi diplomatic missions in Tehran and Mashad, triggered by the execution of Saudi Arabia’s prominent Saudi priest Sheikh Bakir Nimuru, January 2016. Dropped out in the moon.

Iranian officials are keeping an eye on the progress of the marathon negotiations, but Jahanabadi’s latest statement suggests that a breakthrough may be just around the corner.

A senior reformist who led the parliamentary judicial and legal committee said he was ready to “open an embassy” and that diplomatic relations between the two countries were “revived.”

He said the reconciliation between Tehran and Riyadh could contribute to “relaxing tensions in the region and strengthening the cohesion of the Islamic world.”

However, Jahanabadi said the country’s security about what he called “Zionist vicious activity and radical rudeness” to thwart efforts being made to restore relations with Riad. Warned the agency and the media.

Negotiations to end the standoffs were initiated by the former Iranian government and continued under the new government led by Ebrahim Raisi.

Earlier this month, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdrahian announced Tehran’s “preparation” to continue talks with Riad, which was canceled after the Iraqi general election.

He said Tehran presented Riyadh with a “series of practical proposals” that elicited a “positive reaction” and laid the groundwork for negotiations for the next round in Baghdad.

Last week, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said the next round of negotiations between Tehran and Riyadh was “on the agenda” without specifying the exact date.

A spokesman said Iran “tried to continue the negotiations despite the differences” as to whether the progress of Lebanon and Yemen would have any effect on the outcome of the negotiations.

However, experts say the war in Yemen could still hinder the full recovery of diplomatic relations, despite the new Iranian government trying to readjust its foreign policy priorities from west to east. I believe there is.

At the first press conference after winning the election last June, Mr. Laisi said there were “no obstacles” to the dialogue with Saudi Arabia and the reopening of the embassy.

When the diplomatic relations between the estranged neighbors are restored, the Iranians will go to Saudi Arabia for the Umrah pilgrimage for the first time in seven years.

Source: TRT World and distributors

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