Iran has confirmed talks with Saudi Arabia and said its foreign minister could visit the United Arab Emirates soon.
Tehran, Iran – Iran’s foreign ministry has confirmed for the first time that talks have been held with regional rival Saudi Arabia in an effort to reduce tensions between the two countries and the region.
On Monday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Saeed Khatibzadeh told a virtual press conference that Iran has always welcomed talks with its regional counterparts and has not changed its policy.
“But let’s wait to see the results of this discussion and judge based on the results,” he said.
A few days after confirming the talks, a Saudi Foreign Ministry official also said that it was too early to discuss specific decisions.
Neither side has released details of the talks, but the report says that in addition to bilateral relations, Tehran and Riyadh are discussing development in Yemen and Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with the world power, which Saudi Arabia has opposed.
A Saudi-led military coalition has been fighting the Houthis in Yemen for the past six years, creating the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. The Houthis, armed by Saudi Arabia and Iran, have recently intensified their attacks on Saudi soil.
Meanwhile, the multilateral talks in Vienna to restore Iran’s nuclear deal – which the United States canceled in 2014 – are now in their fourth phase and delegates are working clockwise for a three-month deadline for a temporary agreement between Iran and global nuclear monitoring. Arriving on May 21 and the country is scheduled to hold presidential elections in June.
The prospect of Iran-Saudi relations comes only after the United States reduced its presence in the troubled region and ended support for a war in Yemen.
Last month, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said he wanted good relations with Shiite Iran, although his Sunni Muslim state still found problems with Tehran’s “negative behavior.”
Tensions between Riyadh and Tehran have risen in recent years over support for the Lebanese and Syrian opposition. Iran supported Qatar when other Arab countries imposed sanctions on it, which was only raised in January.
It is possible to reduce the likelihood of a relationship between the shocks of the region.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will soon visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the report said, adding that Iran could be on the path to developing relations with other Arab states.
On Monday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Khatibzadeh confirmed that Zarif’s visit to the United Arab Emirates was “on the agenda” and that the situation would improve.
Zarif visited a four-nation region in the region last month and was taken to Qatar, Iraq, Kuwait and Oman.