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Russia hopes for rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Iran

Any rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Iran will benefit regional stability, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Russia announced that it would accept any reconciliation between Saudi Arabia and Iran, hoping that such a move would improve the Middle East’s security situation. Informed sources reveal to Reuters details of talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

The senior advisor in the Foreign Policy Planning Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Khudenskaya-Gulenisheva, said during the dialogue Russia in the Middle East: Drawing up Strategy:

“Any rapprochement between Iran and Saudi Arabia will be welcomed, just as the end of the family feud between Qatar and the Arab Quartet [Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt] was welcomed […] This matter would have positive consequences in Syria, Libya, and Yemen,” Khudinskaya-Gulenisheva said, referring to news of direct Saudi-Iranian talks in Baghdad, and added: “Of course, this will have a positive impact on the situation in the region’s security sector, and it will also provide additional opportunities to transfer our idea [about maintaining security in the Gulf region]”

Baghdad hosted a meeting between Saudi and Iranian officials, according to AFP

According to numerous sources cited by Western media, Baghdad hosted the first round of direct talks between Saudi Arabian and Iranian delegations on 9 April to discuss the situation in Yemen and Lebanon.

“This was a low-level meeting that took place to decide if there is a way to alleviate the continuing friction in the region,” an Iranian official told Reuters.

The talks took place between a Saudi delegation led by the head of intelligence, Khaled bin Ali Al-Humaidan, and an Iranian delegation led by officials approved by the Secretary-General of the Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, according to an Iraqi government official.

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