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Iranian Foreign Minister Says Normalization Talks With Saudi Arabia Will Resume Soon

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdolayan said on the 29th (local time) that Iran and Saudi Arabia will soon resume talks to normalize relations between the two countries, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported.

He said so about the next exchange to restore relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia at a joint press conference following a meeting with Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani in Tehran.

Abdolayan also said that relations with Iran, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have also improved significantly, and both countries have resent their ambassadors to Tehran.

There is also an indirect exchange of messages with Bahrain through intermediaries, he said. He added that they have already gone beyond the mutual talks and entered the next step, which is to expand bilateral relations into a permanent cooperative relationship.

Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic relations with Iran in 2016. It was in response to mob attacks on diplomatic facilities, including the Saudi embassy in Iran, after Saudi Arabia executed a Shia cleric.

For the improvement of relations between Iran and Iraq and peace in the Middle East, Iraq arranged direct talks between the two countries in 2021 and held the 5th meeting in April of last year.

Iran's IRIB news agency reported on January 7 of this year that Iran's exports to Saudi Arabia increased dramatically last year as Iran and Saudi Arabia worked to ease tensions and normalize diplomatic relations.

According to the media, the Iranian Customs Service announced that Iran's total exports to Saudi Arabia from March 1, 2022, the first day of the Iranian New Year, to November 1, reached 14.71 million dollars (18.5346 billion won).

This amount is a new record since the Saudi government severed diplomatic ties with Iran in 2016. [Newsis]

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