The invitation comes days after China brokered a diplomatic deal between the 2 regional powers
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has invited Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to a gathering in Riyadh, Raisi’s deputy chief of employees stated on Sunday. Planning can be underway for a gathering between the 2 nations’ overseas ministers, after a Chinese language-mediated deal restored diplomatic relations following a seven-year rift.
Salman prolonged the invitation in a letter to Raisi, Deputy Chief of Workers Mohammad Jamshidi wrote on Twitter on Sunday. “Welcoming this invitation, the president emphasised Iran’s readiness to strengthen cooperation,” Jamshidi added.
In a follow-up tweet in English, Jamshidi acknowledged that Salman referred to Saudi Arabia and Iran as “brotherly nations” in his letter.
Relations between the Sunni kingdom and the Shia republic broke down in 2016, after Iranian protesters stormed Saudi consulates following Riyadh’s execution of a Shia scholar. Since then, they’ve backed opposing sides within the civil wars in Yemen and Syria, whereas Iran backs the Hezbollah motion in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia sides with Israel in opposition to this group, which it considers a terrorist group.
Nevertheless, Saudi Arabia and Iran introduced final week that they’d restore diplomatic ties and decide to “non-interference” in one another’s inner affairs, in a landmark deal brokered by Chinese language President Xi Jinping.
For the reason that Chinese language-brokered settlement was introduced, preparations have been underway to reopen embassies in Riyadh and Tehran, Iranian International Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian advised Tehran’s state media on Sunday. Amirabdollahian stated that he’ll meet along with his Saudi counterpart, Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, within the close to future, with out offering additional particulars.
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