Iran announced on Monday that it will reopen its embassy and consulates in Saudi Arabia tomorrowafter the two countries will agree in March to normalize their diplomatic relations with Chinese mediation after seven years of rupture.
“Our embassy in Riyadh, the consulate general in Jeddah and the representative office before the Organization of Islamic Cooperation will officially reopen on Tuesday and Wednesday,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kananí, the agency reports. Fars.
To the opening ceremony of the diplomatic legations senior officials from the foreign ministries of Saudi Arabia and Iran will attendSunni and Shiite leaders from the Middle East.
Iran and Saudi Arabia agreed in March to normalize their diplomatic relations with Chinese mediation after seven years of rupture.
Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic relations with Tehran in 2016 after the attacks suffered in its diplomatic headquarters in that country as a result of the execution in the Arab kingdom of an important Shiite cleric.
The deal paved the way for Syria’s readmission to the Arab League after 12 years and talks between Iran and Egypt to normalize relations, as well as peace talks in Yemen.
In mid-early 2022, Iran sent three diplomats to Saudi Arabia as representatives before the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in the first time in six years that Tehran had a presence in the rival country.
Tehran and Riyadh plan to create a new alliance with other countries in the area to “guarantee regional security” in the northern Indian Ocean, Iranian naval sources reported on Saturday.
The countries that will be part of this new naval alliance are Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Bahrain, Iraq, India, Pakistan, Oman and Iran.
The United Nations welcomed the rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Iran. “Good neighborly relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia are essential for the stability of the Gulf region,” UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarri said in March.
Iran and Saudi Arabia, considered the Shiite and Sunni powers in the Middle Eastrespectively, have been fighting for regional hegemony for years and support rival sides in conflicts in the area, such as the long war in Yemen.
Saudi Arabia has repeatedly accused Iran of promote terrorism in the region through the support of the Houthi rebels in Yemen or from the militias of the Lebanese group Hezbollahas well as trying to destabilize the political regimes in the area.
(With information from EFE)
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