Saudi, Iran FMs vow to meet soon

Both ministers commemorated start of Ramadan, says Riyadh

Riyadh on Thursday said that the Saudi and Iranian foreign ministers had a phone conversation to commemorate the start of Ramadan and promised to meet soon to put into effect a historic bilateral reconciliation agreement.

According to a tweet from the Saudi foreign ministry, the Saudi minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan contacted Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and the two “exchanged congratulations on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.”

“The two ministers agreed to hold a bilateral meeting soon to pave the way for the reopening of embassies and consulates between the two countries,” the statement said.

According to Saudi officials, the anticipated ministerial meeting is the next phase of a surprise reconciliation brokered by China that was announced on March 10 and aims to fully reestablish diplomatic ties seven years after they were cut.

As per the agreement, Iran and Saudi Arabia will fulfill security and economic cooperation agreements that were inked more than 20 years ago by reopening their embassies and missions within two months.

Moreover, an Iranian official claimed on Sunday that President Ebrahim Raisi had been extended a invitation to visit Saudi Arabia by King Salman although Riyadh had not officially confirmed.