Iran ready for the reopening of its embassy in Riyadh

In comments to a weekly presser on Monday, Saeed Khatibzadeh said Iranian diplomats had obtained visas to weigh plans to restart the activities of Iran’s mission to the Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Referring to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s remarks during the first press conference after his election victory in 2021, the spokesperson reiterated that Iran is ready for the reopening of its embassy in Saudi Arabia.

“It depends on the practical steps the Saudi side will take,” he added.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tehran would make all the necessary preparations for the reopening of embassies to happen.

Last week, Khatibzadeh said Iraq would host the next round of talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Diplomatic relations between Tehran and Riyadh soured after the January 2016 execution of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a vocal critic of the Saudi monarchy, in Saudi Arabia. Riyadh then cut ties with Tehran, responding to angry protesters’ attacks on its embassy in the Iranian capital.

Saudi Arabia’s military campaign against Yemen and the death of hundreds of Iranian Hajj pilgrims in a deadly stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia in September 2015 had set the stage for the deterioration of tensions between Tehran and Riyadh.

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