Iran to reopen diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia this week
Iran will reopen its embassy and diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia this week, seven years after their relations were severed and their embassies were closed.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran's embassy in Riyadh, consulate general in Jeddah and Iran's permanent representative to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will be officially reopened on Tuesday and Wednesday," Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kan'ani said on Monday.
Kan'ani said Iran's embassy in Riyadh and its consulate general in Jeddah have started activities before the departure of Iranians to attend the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
Following several days of intensive negotiations in Beijing, Iran and Saudi Arabia agreed on March 10 to resume diplomatic ties and reopen embassies within two months.
In a joint statement after signing the agreement, Tehran and Riyadh highlighted the need to respect national sovereignty and refrain from interference the internal affairs of one another.
They also agreed to implement a security cooperation agreement signed in April 2001 and another accord reached in May 1998 to boost economic, commercial, investment, technical, scientific, cultural, sports, and youth affairs cooperation.
Last month, Iran appointed Alireza Enayati as its ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
Enayati had previously served as Iran’s ambassador to Kuwait, assistant to the foreign minister and director-general of Persian Gulf affairs at the Foreign Ministry.
In a Friday meeting with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on the sidelines of a meeting of the BRICS group of emerging countries, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said he would pay an official visit to Tehran in the near future.
He extended his gratitude to the Iranian side for warmly welcoming the Saudi technical delegation and providing valuable assistance as to the reopening of the Saudi embassy and consulate general in Iran.