High-level meeting: Saudi crown prince receives Iran’s foreign minister

High-level meeting: Saudi crown prince receives Iran's foreign minister

During his visit to Saudi Arabia, Iran’s Foreign Minister was received by the Saudi Crown Prince. The kingdom’s de facto ruler, Mohammed bin Salman, met with Hussein Amirabdollahian on Friday, Iran’s foreign ministry and Saudi state media reported. Amirabdollahian is the first high-ranking Iranian government representative to visit the Sunni kingdom in more than ten years.

At the meeting, the Saudi crown prince and the Iranian foreign minister explored future cooperation between their countries, Saudi Arabia’s state news agency SPA reported, without giving any further details. Regional and international developments were also discussed.

According to a statement by the Foreign Ministry, Amirabdollahian emphasized the chances of cooperation between the two countries for the region. At the same time, the minister reiterated his warnings against cooperation with Iran’s archenemy Israel. Just about a week ago, US media reported on a possible rapprochement between Israel and Saudi Arabia, which observers consider to be momentous.

In March, the regional powers announced that they wanted to resume diplomatic relations. China had quietly mediated the rapprochement of the two rivals – a major diplomatic success for the country.

After an attack by demonstrators on the Saudi embassy in Tehran, Riyadh broke off diplomatic contacts in 2016. The rivalry between the Sunni kingdom and the predominantly Shia Iran also took place in military conflicts in the region. (dpa)

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