Iran, Saudi Arabia will soon exchange ambassadors: Iran Spox

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani has announced that a Saudi delegation is visiting the Islamic Republic to follow up on the issue of reopening its diplomatic missions in Tehran and Mashhad cities.

Addressing the press in his weekly conference on Monday, Kanaani said that in line with a recent accord between Saudi Arabia and Iran to restore diplomatic ties, a Saudi delegation arrived in the capital Tehran on Saturday and is now pursuing the reopening of their embassy in Tehran and their consulate in Mashhad.

According to the same agreement, an Iranian delegation will visit Saudi Arabia to pave the way for reopening Iran’s embassy and consulate in the Arab country as well as the Iranian representative office to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Jeddah, he added.

The spokesman expressed hope that thanks to the new circumstances in the region, a sustainable ceasefire will be established in Yemen.

The diplomat further noted that the foreign policy of the Raisi administration has been significant and eye-catching especially when it comes to interactions with neighboring states and other countries.

Touching on the latest developments in Palestine, he said that the Zionist regime, which is facing growing crises in the occupied territories, tries to spill over its woes to other Palestinian lands.

He condemned crimes committed by the Zionist regime against Palestinian worshipers at al-Aqsa Mosque, noting that awareness of the cause of Palestine has improved among Islamic countries and that Muslim and non-Muslim nations will stand against the Zionist regime and show their support for the oppressed Palestinian people.

The Iranian nation will show their support for the Palestinians once more in the upcoming Friday when the Iranians take part in International Quds Day, he said.

As to the Iran-Iraq relationship, he said that the Islamic Republic has always tried to help consolidate stability, tranquility, and security in the neighboring state and has played a key role in fighting terrorism in the Arab country. He further noted that setting up a joint railway between the two countries will guarantee the interests of both sides, adding that the Shalamche-Basra railroad can be finalized within around one and a half years.

The spokesman referred to the recent developments in the Caucasus region, noting that the Islamic Republic calls for resolving crises through political means because military clashes will not resolve tensions.

On diplomatic ties with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, he said that an Iranian delegation was dispatched to Manama and that the UAE-Iran ties are moving forward particularly following the return of Abu Dhabi’s ambassador to Tehran.

He also pointed to talks on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal, noting that certain European states pursue multilateral negotiations, which is a positive attitude, and that the Islamic Republic welcomes positive moves and will respond to them properly.

Tehran is ready to return to its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) if all signatories to the deal and the US abide by their commitments and observe the Iranian national interests and red lines, he said. 

Kanaani said that Pakistan and Iran enjoy a good relationship and that the Islamic Republic is ready to establish a joint committee with the neighboring state to discuss border and security issues.

Referring to Egypt-Iran ties, he noted that Tehran welcomes any positive development in the mutual relationship with Cairo as well as the enhancement of interactions between people of both countries.

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