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Saudi FM to hold a bilateral meeting with Iranian counterpart soon


In a phone call, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah agreed today, Wednesday, with his Iranian counterpart, Hussein Amir Abdollahian, to hold a bilateral meeting between them soon.


According to the Saudi Press Agency, this meeting will pave the way for the reopening of embassies and consulates between the two countries.


Saudi Arabia and Iran agreed in Beijing, earlier this month, to resume the severed relations between them since 2016 and to reopen the two embassies within two months.


Riyadh confirmed that the agreement was concluded on the basis of restoring diplomatic relations, amid a common desire on both sides to resolve differences through communication and dialogue.


After the agreement, a tripartite statement was issued by the three countries, which included the items stipulated therein, including the affirmation of the sovereignty of each country, and non-interference in internal affairs.


In addition to the Saudi and Iranian foreign ministers holding a meeting to activate the arrangement for the exchange of ambassadors, and discuss ways to strengthen relations between them, as well as activating the general agreement for cooperation in the field of economy, trade, investment, technology, science, culture, sports and youth signed in 1998.


What was announced regarding the restoration of Saudi-Iranian relations constitutes an important step that reflects the desire between the two countries to move from the official rupture between them to the path of normal relations with all its opportunities and challenges.


This is because the course of political-diplomatic dialogue is important, and even necessary, in order to overcome quite a few negative historical accumulations and to ensure wise dealing with expected efforts from regional and international parties that are not supportive of the Saudi-Iranian truce.


Likewise, the Saudi and Iranian sides agreed in stressing the importance of respecting the sovereignty of states and non-interference in internal affairs, in order to give seriousness and credibility to the announcement of the resumption of relations.

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