Each side specific hope talks might ease bilateral, regional tensions, however downplayed expectations of main breakthrough.
Tehran, Iran – Iran and Saudi Arabia have held a fifth spherical of direct talks in Baghdad, an outlet near Iran’s safety forces has confirmed.
Senior representatives of Iran’s Supreme Nationwide Safety Council (SNSC) and Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief, Khalid bin Ali Al Humaidan, attended the talks, in keeping with Nournews, affiliated with the SNSC, which didn’t point out the date of the assembly.
The outlet stated the principle challenges to re-establishing ties between the 2 nations had been mentioned in a “constructive” environment that “painted a brighter outlook” for the way forward for bilateral relations.
It added that the talks might additionally pave the way in which for a gathering of the 2 overseas ministers.
Tehran and Riyadh reduce off diplomatic ties in 2016.
Each side have to this point expressed hope the talks might ease bilateral and regional tensions, however have downplayed expectations of a serious breakthrough.
Along with Iraq, which has hosted all rounds of direct talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia starting in April 2021, Oman was additionally reported to have performed a job in organising the most recent session.
To date, the one actionable final result of the direct talks seems to have been the reopening of Iran’s representative office on the Jeddah-based Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
The information comes as Iran, final month, “temporarily suspended” talks with Saudi Arabia with out citing any causes.
It appeared that Saudi Arabia’s execution of 81 people in a single day, a lot of whom had been minority Shia Muslims within the Sunni-majority kingdom, was the trigger.
The break in diplomatic ties between the 2 regional powers six years in the past got here after crowds of individuals attacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran in response to the execution of a outstanding Shia spiritual chief.
The 2 additionally stand on opposing sides within the lethal conflict of greater than seven years in Yemen, the place Iran supports the Houthi movement and Saudi Arabia leads a coalition combating on behalf of the internationally recognised Yemeni authorities.
A United Nations-brokered two-month truce is now in impact in Yemen.
Saudi Arabia has backed the formation of a brand new eight-member presidential council, which was inaugurated earlier this week.
Iran, in the meantime, has known as for an finish to the conflict and is holding talks between Yemeni stakeholders with out overseas intervention.