According to the news in Saudi Arabian official news agency SPA, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Bin Ferhan met with Iranian Foreign Minister Abdullahiyan as part of the “BRICS Foreign Ministers Meeting” held in Cape Town, South Africa.
During the meeting, the ministers expressed their desire to “intensify the consultation meetings and evaluate the ways of bilateral cooperation” and noted that they have more positive expectations in the relations between the two countries.
Discussing ways to strengthen bilateral relations in various fields, the two also discussed the issue of following the steps towards the implementation of the agreement signed in Beijing between the two countries and intensifying bilateral work to ensure international peace and security.
The process of normalizing relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia
Riyadh and Tehran agreed on the resumption of diplomatic relations within two months, through Chinese officials, in Beijing on March 10, after a 7-year hiatus.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hussein Emir Abdullahiyan and his Saudi Arabian counterpart, Faisal bin Ferhan, also met in Beijing on April 6 and agreed on reopening the embassies of the two countries, resuming flights between the two countries and facilitating visas.
Abdullahiyan, in his statement on May 11, said that Saudi Arabia had introduced the Ambassador of Tehran to them, and that they would also inform Saudi Arabia of the ambassador to be appointed to Riyadh in a short time.
As the first high-level visit from Iran to Saudi Arabia after many years, Iranian Economy Minister İhsan Handuzi went to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on May 11 with his delegation.
Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Bin Ferhan last held a phone conversation with his Iranian counterpart, Abdullahiyan, on 13 May.