Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan paid a visit to Iran on Saturday, marking the first time he has visited the country since the restoration of diplomatic relations agreed in March with China’s mediation. During his visit, he met with his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.
During the meeting, the two ministers discussed the possibility of establishing bilateral political, economic, and border cooperation committees, as well as collaborating in the fight against drug trafficking and environmental protection. They also focused on promoting sustainable cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, and investment, according to the Iranian Foreign Minister.
Amir-Abdollahian stressed that regional security is a broad concept that encompasses political, social, economic, and commercial aspects and emphasized the importance of cooperation among the countries of the region to achieve it. During the meeting, issues such as the situation in Palestine, the crisis in Sudan, and bilateral cooperation in regional and international organizations were discussed, as were other matters of mutual interest.
For his part, Bin Farhan described the negotiations as positive and transparent and announced that Saudi Arabia will soon reopen its embassy in Tehran. He stressed that relations between the two countries are based on fundamental principles such as mutual respect, non-interference in internal affairs, and respect for the UN Charter. He also stressed the importance of collaboration on regional security issues, navigation, maritime corridors, and the fight against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Faisal bin Farhan plans to meet with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi later in the day to convey an invitation from the Saudi royal family to visit Riyadh. This visit and the talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran reflect an attempt to improve relations and promote cooperation in several areas of common interest.