May 29, 2023
Flags of Iran and Saudi Arabia

Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan and his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir Abdollahian discussed bilateral relations and ways of their development in various fields during a telephone conversation on May 13. The talks were held at the initiative of Tehran, the Saudi Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The statement notes that Abdollahian and Farhan discussed the next steps in light of the agreement that was made in China. In early March, representatives of Saudi Arabia and Iran, through the mediation of China, agreed to restore diplomatic relations and resume the work of their embassies, writes RIA News.

In April, the foreign ministers of the two countries signed an agreement providing for the resumption of air traffic, the organization of official visits and cooperation in the field of security.

Relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia deteriorated after the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979. Riyadh accused Tehran of supporting the Shiite opposition, while Iran accused Saudi Arabia (the state religion is Sunni Islam – Profile) of violating the rights of Shiites. In 2016, the Saudi authorities executed almost 50 Shiites, which led to a breakdown in relations between the countries.

Previously reported on trip preparation technical delegation of Iran to Saudi Arabia before the opening of the embassy of the republic in Riyadh.

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