Iran hails progress in cooperation with Saudi Arabia

Xinhua , Monday 13 May 2024

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Sunday hailed the success in the expansion of cooperation between Tehran and Riyadh following their normalization of bilateral ties.

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Iran s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian with iranian and Arab officials during the Iranian-Arab Dialogue Conference in Iran s capital Tehran, on Sunday 12 May, 2024. Photo courtesy of Iranian minister of Foreign affairs x account.

 

He made the remarks at the third Iranian-Arab Dialogue Conference in Iran's capital Tehran, which was attended by Iranian officials, foreign ambassadors and guests from other states.

Amir-Abdollahian said Iran was determined to promote understanding and solidarity among regional countries, referring to the normalization of Iran-Saudi Arabia relations as an example of Iran's focus on expanding ties with neighbors as well as Muslim and Arab states.

"Our assessment (of the progress) of relations between Tehran and Riyadh over the past year indicates that good success has been achieved in the area of the multilayered development of bilateral cooperation," said the Iranian foreign minister, stressing that there are numerous opportunities for the two countries to further enhance their cooperation.

Noting that Iran has initiated a new phase of cooperation with the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait, Amir-Abdollahian mentioned that Tehran and Bahrain are also considering advancing toward normalizing bilateral relations.

Iran and Saudi Arabia formally declared in April of last year the resumption of diplomatic relations with immediate effect.

Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties with Iran in early 2016 in response to attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran. The attacks followed Saudi Arabia's execution of a Shia cleric.

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