ERBIL — The foreign ministers of Iran and Saudi Arabia are set to meet in the near future in Baghdad to proceed with the bilateral negotiations over the relations between Tehran and Riyadh, a member of the Iranian Parliament said.
Cited by Iran’s Fars News, MP Javad Karimi Qudusi revealed that the next round of talks is hoped to help the sides normalize their relations which have been severed since 2016.
Reopening the embassies and consulates and the prolonged crisis in Yemen, where both Iran and Saudi Arabia are deeply involved, are said to the main topics of the talks.
However, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told reporters the same day that there has been “no new developments in the ongoing negotiations”.
Asked about media reports about possible meeting between the Iranian and Saudi foreign ministers in Baghdad, Khatibzadeh said that like all other similar negotiations, there are proposals on the method and level of them, proposed by both sides.
Diplomatic relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia were severed in January 2016 after Iranian protesters, enraged by the Saudi execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, stormed its embassy in Tehran.
However, since last year and with the mediation of Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia have held several rounds of talks, and they are likely to finally reach a settlement to their prolonged disputes.