ERBIL — Iran on Monday confirmed for the first time that it is holding talks with Saudi Arabia to de-escalate the tensions between the two regional actors.
“The removal of tensions between the two countries in the Gulf region is in the interest of both nations and the region," Iranian Foreign Ministry Saeed Khatibzadeh spokesman said in his weekly press briefing.
Previously, Iraqi President Barham Salih said Baghdad had hosted the Iran-Saudi talks “more than once”. Later on, Saudi foreign affairs officials confirmed the ongoing negotiations.
Khatibzadeh said his country hopes that “a meaningful common understanding of bilateral and regional matters" will be reached through the negotiations, noting that Tehran has always been open to talks with Riyadh.