Iranian, Saudi ministers hold phone call, agree to meet soon

This combo photo shows Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud (left) and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. (PHOTOS / AFP & AP)

TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and his Saudi counterpart, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, agreed to meet at the earliest opportunity to prepare the ground for the reopening of embassies and consulate generals between the two countries.

The two foreign ministers discussed the issues in a phone call to congratulate each other on the arrival of the fasting month of Ramadan, the Iranian Foreign Ministry's website said Thursday.

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The Saudi foreign minister pointed to the positive achievements of the Beijing meeting, in which the two countries signed an agreement on the normalization of ties after seven years, and highlighted the necessity of meeting his Iranian counterpart in the near future and the reopening of the embassies.

Meanwhile, the top Iranian diplomat expressed satisfaction with the detente between Tehran and Riyadh, expressing Iran's readiness to develop and strengthen bilateral relations.

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China, Saudi Arabia and Iran announced on March 10 that the latter two had reached a deal which includes the agreement to resume diplomatic relations and reopen embassies and missions within two months.