Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, has highlighted the nation’s commitment to enhancing bilateral ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
During a joint press conference with Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Riyadh on Thursday, Prince Faisal expressed the importance of revitalizing agreements between the two nations.
The renewed diplomatic rapport between Saudi Arabia and Iran is being hailed as a pivotal moment for regional security. Following seven years of no formal diplomatic relations, China played a broker’s role in reestablishing ties between Riyadh and Tehran in March. This marked visit by Amir-Abdollahian to Riyadh signifies the positive direction these relations are heading.
Prince Faisal acknowledged that both countries’ missions and ambassadorial appointments have resumed their activities as per the terms of the agreement. He also underscored Saudi Arabia’s intention to activate security and economic pacts with Iran, while expressing gratitude for Iran’s support in Saudi Arabia’s bid to host World Expo 2030.
Amir-Abdollahian, on his part, characterized the discussions in Riyadh as “fruitful.” He affirmed the Islamic Republic’s recognition of Saudi Arabia’s role in the region and emphasized the potential for collaborative efforts to address lingering regional concerns. Amir-Abdollahian further affirmed Iran’s determination to fortify its relations with Saudi Arabia, announcing that Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi will be embarking on a visit to Saudi Arabia in the near future.
This recent development follows Prince Faisal’s landmark visit to Tehran in June, where productive discussions were held with Amir-Abdollahian and President Ebrahim Raisi. The agreement signed in March paved the way for the reopening of embassies and consulates in each other’s territories, as well as the implementation of long-standing security and economic cooperation accords signed over two decades ago.
The resumption of diplomatic ties between the two nations is a positive step forward, mending the rift that emerged in 2016 when Saudi Arabia cut its relations with Iran due to an attack on its embassy in Tehran and consulate in Mashhad. The diplomatic breakthrough signifies a potential turning point in the regional geopolitical landscape.