‘Preliminary agreements reached between Iran and Saudi Arabia’

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh has announced Tehran and Riyadh have reached preliminary agreements on some issues after four rounds of negotiations. He added the two countries have yet to wait for finalizing the talks.

Four rounds of talks have taken place between Iran and Saudi Arabia, but contacts between the two countries have never been stopped, Khatibzadeh said in an interview with Mehr News Agency.

Stating that the two sides had initial agreements during the four rounds of talks, he added that preliminary agreements in negotiations between Iran and Saudi Arabia have been reached and the two countries are waiting for the finalization of talks.

Regarding the reopening of the embassies of the two countries, Khatibzadeh noted that still, it will take some time for the two countries to resume their activities in Tehran and Riyadh, however, it is possible to start the process of reopening the embassies soon.

Speaking in an interview with Reuters on Saturday night on the sideline of the G20 Rome Summit, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan said that bilateral talks between Riyadh and Tehran have not progressed tangibly.

“We’ve had four rounds of talks so far. The talks are cordial but remain in an exploratory vein. We continue to hope that they will produce tangible progress … but so far, we have not made sufficient progress to be optimistic,” he added.

Asked if there will be another round of talks, the minister noted nothing had been scheduled, “but we are open to continue”.

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