Iran’s top diplomat on Thursday reported on strengthening the Tehran-Riyadh ties after recent remarks made by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The two sides agreed to hold another round of talks, IRNA has learned.
Saudi Arabia and Iran remain the two important Muslim nations in the Middle Eastern region. Amid the global pandemic crisis, the neighbours decided to enter a new chapter of interaction and cooperation to achieve regional peace. According to the Saudi foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh, the main aim is stability and development by adopting constructive and dialogue-based approaches.
The Hormuz Peace Endeavour (HOPE) will help the mutual initiatives, dialogue and cooperation in the Persian Gulf region.
Saudi Arabia’s Crown prince hailed the cooperation with Iran
In a recent interview, Mohammed bin Salman said that Saudi Arabia wants “good relations” with Iran, marking a break from Riyadh’s usually tough stance against Tehran.
“We want a prosperous Iran and to have mutual interests with each other, but our problem is its negative actions, such as its nuclear program or support for outlaw militias in the region, or its ballistic missile program,” crown prince told Al Arabiya TV.
Following Saudi and Iranian delegations meeting in Baghdad on April 9, the kingdom started to work with its partners to deal with the missile problem, and hopes to overcome it and “have a good and positive relationship with everyone.”
The secret April talks were aimed at easing tensions between the regional rivals, with the attacks on Saudi Arabia by Yemen’s Houthi rebels also part of the discussions.