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In a significant diplomatic move, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, made a historic visit to Tehran, Iran on Saturday, marking a thaw in the relations between the two long-standing Middle East rivals.

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi has said that enemies of Muslims, including the Zionist Regime, are unhappy with bilateral and regional cooperation between the Islamic Republic and Saudi Arabia.

The president made the comment on Saturday during a meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan in Tehran, telling him that the Islamic Republic has no obstacles to expand ties with all Muslim nations.

Raisi said that different Islamic countries have welcomed the restoration of relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia, which are two key states in the Islamic world.

But, he added, only enemies of Muslims, including the Zionist regime, are unhappy with the expansion of bilateral and regional cooperation between Tehran and Riyadh.

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The Saudi foreign minister said that he has had positive and clear talks with Amirabdollahian in a meeting which he said was held to complete the agreements made in the Chinese capital.

He noted that Iran and Saudi Arabia are two key players of the region, stressing the normalization of relations between the two countries as a significant development.

The Saudi foreign minister added that bilateral relations between Tehran and Riyadh are based on principles, including mutual respect, non-intervention in domestic affairs of each other and compliance with the UN Charter.  

Bin Farhan said that in his Tehran trip, he will also have a meeting with President Raisi where he will convey the greetings of the Saudi King and Prince Bin Salman to the Iranian president.

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The meeting between the foreign ministers of Iran and Saudi Arabia, held in South Africa at the beginning of June, was instrumental in paving the way for a complete restoration of relations and the expansion of regional and economic cooperation between Tehran and Riyadh.After extensive negotiations facilitated by China, Iran and Saudi Arabia successfully reached a diplomatic agreement on March 10, bringing an end to seven years of estrangement. The deal entailed the restoration of diplomatic relations, reopening embassies, and resuming diplomatic missions. Iran officially reopened its embassy in Saudi Arabia on June 7.

Observers and analysts have hailed this development as a crucial step towards bridging the gap between regional countries, countering efforts that aim to foster divisions among them. They argue that this détente, much to the dismay of the United States and Israel, holds the potential to alleviate tensions that have plagued the region for decades.

Saudi Arabia to reopen embassy in Tehran soon

Referring to the reopening of Iranian diplomatic posts in Saudi Arabia, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said that the Saudi embassy in Tehran will reopen soon as well. The Saudi foreign minister made the remarks at a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amirabdollahian after a meeting in Tehran on Saturday.

The Iranian foreign minister said that he was pleased to host his counterpart in Tehran nearly 100 days after a meeting in Beijing.

Amirabdollahian appreciated the Saudi side for facilitating the reopening of Iranian embassy in Riyadh and the country’s Permanent Mission to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Jeddah.

The Iranian top diplomat also said that the two countries share views on forming committees for political, border and economic cooperation, as well as fight against drug smuggling.