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Saudi FM says talks with Iran cordial, exploratory

By Agencies
October 16, 2021
Saudi FM says talks with Iran cordial, exploratory

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan has said that talks with Iran had been "cordial," describing the negotiations as "exploratory,” the Financial Times reported on Friday.

"We are serious about the talks," bin Farhan told the FT in an interview. "For us, it’s not that big a shift. We’ve always said we want to find a way to stabilise the region."

The Saudi foreign minister said that four rounds of talks had been held with Iran since April, adding that Iran’s attitude had been "very friendly."

Earlier this month, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, referring to efforts to improve ties between the two countries, had said that talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia have gone a "good distance".

Iran and Saudi Arabia, the leading Muslim powers in the Middle East, have been rivals for years, backing allies fighting proxy wars in Yemen, Syria, and elsewhere.

They cut diplomatic ties in 2016. —Agencies