Iran’s envoy in Saudi Arabia to start highly-anticipated mission

Iranian newly-appointed ambassador to Saudi Arabia has begun his mission in the country following a thaw in diplomatic relations between Tehran and Riyadh.

IRNA foreign policy desk announced on Tuesday that Alireza Enayati arrived in the Saudi capital earlier today and was accorded welcome by the country’s foreign ministry officials as well as Iranian embassy staff.

At the same time, Saudi Arabia’s new ambassador to Iran, Abdullah bin Saud Alanazi, arrived in Tehran. Alanazi, a seasoned diplomat, previously served as the Saudi ambassador to Oman.

Earlier on Saturday, Enayati met with Amirabdollahian, briefing the foreign minister on his plans for the development of ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Amirabdollahian emphasized the need for pursuing neighborly policy, saying that the deepening of relations between Tehran and Riyadh is of paramount importance given the cooperation opportunities the two sides have.

Alireza Enayati had previously served as Iran’s ambassador to Kuwait, among other diplomatic positions.

Iran and Saudi Arabia reached a China-brokered deal in March to resume their diplomatic relations seven years after they were severed over protests in Iran against the execution of prominent cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi Arabia.  

Iran officially reopened its embassy in June, the same month when Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud visited the Islamic Republic on his first trip to the country after the two sides agreed to restore their relations.

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