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Washington, Sep 25: Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and his Saudi counterpart Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud held a meeting in New York on the sidelines of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly. The objective of the meeting was to discuss bilateral relations and regional developments.
A statement from the Iranian Foreign Ministry revealed that both ministers expressed satisfaction over the reopening of their respective embassies in Tehran and Riyadh, as well as the arrival of ambassadors to the two countries. They also agreed to accelerate the formation of the Joint Economic Cooperation Commission and Coordination Committee, establish air and sea transport links, enhance consular services, and promote sports cooperation.
📹 | Foreign Minister HH Prince @FaisalbinFarhan met with Iran’s Foreign Minister @Amirabdolahian, on the sidelines of the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. pic.twitter.com/6GfJJQOnKd
— Foreign Ministry 🇸🇦 (@KSAmofaEN) September 23, 2023
Amir-Abdullahian expressed Iran’s readiness to draft and sign a comprehensive cooperation document based on the idea proposed during his meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud in August. He stressed the importance of expanding bilateral relations, especially in the fields of economy, trade, and joint economic cooperation.
At the same time, the Saudi Foreign Minister expressed satisfaction at the progress made in bilateral relations since the announcement of the resumption of relations in April. He reaffirmed Saudi Arabia’s desire to strengthen bilateral relations, noting that the meeting between the leaders of the two countries will accelerate progress in bilateral cooperation.
In March, Saudi Arabia and Iran reached a landmark agreement to re-establish diplomatic ties with China, reopening their embassies and resuming diplomatic missions within two months. On April 6, both countries officially announced the resumption of diplomatic relations, signaling an important step towards restoring their relations. Saudi Arabia broke diplomatic ties with Iran in early 2016 in response to attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran following the execution of a Shia cleric in the kingdom.