Iran talks: “too early to discuss results”

Iran’s international ministry has for the primary time confirmed that talks have been held with regional rival Saudi Arabia in an effort to cut back tensions between the 2 international locations and throughout the area.

Foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh instructed a digital press convention on Monday that Iran has all the time welcomed talks with its regional friends and that coverage has not modified.

“But let us wait to see the results of these talks and judge based on results,” he mentioned.

Neither facet has divulged particulars of the talks, but experiences say that, as well as to bilateral ties, Tehran and Riyadh are speaking about developments in Yemen and Iran’s 2015 nuclear cope with world powers that Saudi Arabia has opposed.

This comes days after a Saudi international ministry official confirmed the talks, additionally saying it was untimely to discuss definitive conclusions.

A Saudi-led navy coalition has been battling Yemen’s Houthis for the previous six years, inflicting the world’s worst humanitarian disaster. The Houthis, which Saudi Arabia says are armed by Iran, have just lately stepped up their assaults on Saudi soil.

Meanwhile, multilateral talks in Vienna to restore Iran’s nuclear deal – which the United States deserted in 2018 – at the moment are of their fourth spherical and delegates are working in opposition to the clock as a three-month deadline for a brief settlement between Iran and the worldwide nuclear watchdog approaches on May 21 and the nation is due to maintain a presidential election in June.

Last month, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman mentioned he needs good relations with Shia Iran though his Sunni Muslim kingdom nonetheless finds issues with Tehran’s “negative behavior”.

The potential for Iran-Saudi rapprochement comes because the US reduces its presence within the troubled area and has ended its help for the warfare in Yemen.

Tensions between Riyadh and Tehran have performed out throughout the area lately as they’ve backed opposing sides in Lebanon and Syria. Iran supported Qatar when different Arab nations imposed a blockade on it that was solely lifted in January.

The doable thaw in relations comes amid a flurry of engagement within the area.

Iran could also be on the verge of bettering ties with different Arab states as experiences point out Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif may go to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) quickly.

The international ministry’s Khatibzadeh confirmed on Monday {that a} Zarif go to to the UAE “has been on the agenda” and can occur when situations are proper.

Zarif final month went on a four-country tour of the area that took him to Qatar, Iraq, Kuwait, and Oman.


Arab Observer

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