Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, announced on Saturday that he has held talks with Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Faisal bin Farhan, discussing the various dimensions of relations between the two countries.
During a joint press conference in Tehran, the Iranian minister stated, “I am pleased to host my Saudi counterpart in Tehran after about 100 days since our agreement to resume relations.”
Abdollahian highlighted the significance of forming the joint political and economic committee. He pointed out that Tehran and Riyadh agreed on cooperation in various fields, including combating smuggling, border issues, and environmental matters.
The discussions also focused on the economic, commercial, and investment relations between the two countries, particularly in the private sector, as well as cooperation on tourism.
Abdollahian added that preparations have been made to resume operations in the embassies of the two countries, and the ambassadors have been introduced. The administrative procedures to commence their work are in progress.
The Iranian diplomat thanked Saudi Arabia for reopening Iran’s representations in Riyadh and Jeddah, noting that his country has provided all facilities to Saudi Arabia in Tehran and Mashhad.
Abdollahian reported that Iranian pilgrims are having a good Hajj season this year, thanking the efforts of the Saudi Foreign Minister in this regard.
He emphasized that regional security and the security of all countries in the region are vital for a secure and prosperous future.
Abdollahian asserted that Iran does not view security synonymous with militarization, but considers it a comprehensive political, economic, and cultural concept.
For his part, Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan expressed his pleasure to be in Tehran and meet with Minister Amir Abdollahian, noting that this meeting completes the agreement between Saudi Arabia and Iran in Beijing.
Faisal bin Farhan stated that they are working to continue diplomatic activities in both countries following the opening of Iranian diplomatic representations in Riyadh and Jeddah. He added that the kingdom’s embassy in Tehran will be reopened.
Bin Farhan insisted on the importance of returning the relations between the two countries to their normal state, pointing out that Saudi Arabia and Iran are two important countries in the region.
He mentioned that the relations are based on mutual respect, non-interference in internal affairs, and commitment to the United Nations charter, expressing his hope that this would positively impact the two countries, the region, and the world.
Faisal bin Farhan stated that Tehran and Riyadh have a common commitment to regional security and economic and cultural cooperation, emphasizing the importance of the two countries’ cooperation in regional security, especially maritime security and limiting the spread of weapons in the region.