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Iran, Saudi top envoys to meet in Baghdad

PoliticsIran, Saudi top envoys to meet in Baghdad

Tehran (The Times Groupe)- Iran’s foreign ministry announced on Tuesday that there had been no new developments since April in talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Iranian state news agency IRNA reported. The announcement came shortly after a lawmaker said top diplomats of the rival countries would meet shortly.

A senior Iranian lawmaker told Fars news agency that Iran’s foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian will soon meet his Saudi counterpart Faisal bin Farhan in Iraq to discuss issues such as reopening embassies and the Yemen crisis.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh responded to a question about the meeting: “No new developments have occurred since the last round of talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia in Iraq“.

“Several issues are on the agenda, such as how and at what level the talks will continue,” Khatibzadeh said.

Shi’ite Iran and predominantly Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia, locked in proxy conflicts across the Middle East, began direct talks last year.

A fifth round of talks between the rivals was held in Baghdad in April, which Tehran described as “positive”.

Tehran severed ties with Riyadh in 2016 after Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in the Iranian capital after Saudi Arabia executed a Shi’ite cleric.

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