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Pres. Raeisi: Reestablishment of relations between Iran, Saudi Arabia benefits regional security

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi (R) receives the visiting Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein in Tehran on August 29, 2022. (via

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi says reestablishment and further bolstering of relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia will benefit regional security.

Raeisi made the remark in a Monday meeting with the visiting Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein in Tehran.

Iran’s chief executive lauded Iraq’s positive role in regional developments, saying, “The initiatives offered and measures taken by Iraq to improve cooperation among regional countries free from foreign meddling play an effective role in bolstering regional collaboration.”

Raeisi noted that five rounds of talks between Tehran and Riyadh, which were mediated by Iraq, were positive and useful, emphasizing that implementation of agreements reached in those talks would pave the way for further promotion of the two sides’ interactions.

“Reestablishment and further bolstering of relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia will be in the interest of the regional security,” Iran’s president said.

Raeisi also emphasized that establishment of security and stability in Iraq would be only possible through dialogue among all political groups on the basis of the country's constitution and with the goal of forming a new government.

Hussein, for his part, commended Iran’s uninterrupted support for the establishment of stability and security in Iraq, saying his country will continue efforts to improve Iran’s relations with Saudi Arabia.

Iraq has hosted five rounds of talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran at the level of intelligence and security heads since last April, the top Iraqi diplomat added.

Last month, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian appreciated the “constructive” role of Iraq in advancing regional dialogue and said there has been “progress” in the last five rounds of talks with Saudi Arabia.

Amir-Abdollahian said he had told Iraqi mediators that Tehran is ready for a new political and security phase with Riyadh, expressing hope that the measure would “eventually lead to the return of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran relations to normal.”

Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic relations with Iran in January 2016 after Iranian protesters, enraged by the Saudi execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, stormed its embassy in Tehran.

The kingdom then pursued a confrontational foreign policy toward the Islamic Republic, especially during the administration of former US president Donald Trump, with whom the Saudi rulers shared close ties.

Saudi Arabia appears to have recently changed course, showing willingness through diplomatic channels and third parties to mend fences with Tehran and resume bilateral relations.

The two neighbors remain deeply divided over a set of regional issues, mainly the destructive Saudi war on Yemen.

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