Restoring Saudi-Iranian diplomatic relations

Saudi Arabia and Iran have agreed to resume bilateral relations, reopening embassies and diplomatic missions within a maximum of two months, according to Saudi and Iranian state media.

Iran’s State News Agency (IRNA) and Saudi Arabia State News Agency (WAS) reported that the Secretary of the Supreme Council for National Security of Iran, Mr. Ali Shamkhani, met with the Saudi Minister of State and National Security Adviser, Mr. Aide bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, in the Chinese

Iran’s Tasnim News Agency stated that a joint statement had been issued stating that the Foreign Ministers of the two countries would meet to implement the resolution and make arrangements for the exchange of ambassadors.

The statement published by Tasnim added that the two countries had emphasized “respect for sovereignty and non-interference in each other’s internal affairs”.

In January 2016, Riyadh severed diplomatic ties with Tehran after assaulting the kingdom’s embassy and consulate in Iran amid Iranian protests over Saudi Arabia’s execution of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr.

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