Iranian President invited to visit Saudi Arabia

This invitation, initiated by King Salman, aims to seal the rapprochement between the two countries

By Le Figaro with AFP

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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, in Tehran, November 29, 2022. Iranian Presidency / AFP

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Sunday (December 19) welcomed an invitation he received from Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to visit Riyadh to seal the rapprochement between the two countries, an Iranian presidency official said.

«In a letter to President Raisi, King Salman of Saudi Arabia welcomed the agreement between the two brother countries, invited him to Riyadh and called for strong economic and regional cooperation. Mr Raïsi welcomed this invitationhis deputy chief of staff Mohammad Jamshidi said on Twitter.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Sunday that the two countries have agreed on an upcoming meeting of their foreign chief. He indicated that “three places“was suggested”to hold this meeting“, without specifying which.

Mutual reopening of embassies

This announcement follows Tehran and Riyadh’s March 10 decision to restore diplomatic relations within two months of talks in China. Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran cut ties in 2016 after protesters in the Islamic Republic attacked Saudi diplomatic missions following the execution of a famous Shia cleric in Riyadh.

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The agreement between the two rival powers in the Middle East provides for the mutual reopening of embassies, as well as a commitment by each to respect the sovereignty of the other and not to interfere in its “Internal affairs».

In support of Riyadh, other Gulf states, including the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Bahrain, had reduced their diplomatic ties with Tehran. In recent months, the Emirates and Kuwait have resumed diplomatic relations with Iran.

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