Iran Saudi Arabia: Forgetting enmity, two Shia-Sunni countries of the world are starting a new relationship, Saudi reached Iran to open embassy

Tehran : After about seven years, the world’s largest Shia and Sunni countries are going to forget their enmity and start a new formal relationship. A technical delegation from Saudi Arabia has reached Iran to assess the situation and discuss the procedures for reopening the Saudi Embassy and Consulate General in the country. Citing the Saudi Press Agency, the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) said the visit follows agreements between the two countries to normalize bilateral relations in Beijing, Xinhua news agency reported.

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The report added that during the visit, the Saudi delegation would visit Tehran. It will also discuss mechanisms to reopen the country’s embassy in the capital Tehran and evaluate the situation for the reopening of the Saudi consulate in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad. Following their arrival, the team members met Mehdi Honardost, Director General of Ceremonies at the Iranian Foreign Ministry in Tehran. The members thanked the officials of the Ministry for extending warm welcome and facilitating the visit of the delegation.

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China had made an agreement

An agreement reached on March 10 between China, Saudi Arabia and Iran called for the resumption of diplomatic ties and the reopening of embassies and missions within two months. At a meeting in Beijing on Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdullahian and his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud signed a joint statement announcing the resumption of diplomatic ties with immediate effect.

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Saudi Arabia and Iran part ways

Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic ties with Iran in 2016 in response to attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran after a Shia cleric was killed in Iran. Iran is a Shia Muslim country while Saudi Arabia is a Sunni country. The two countries have diverged on several areas of conflict in West Asia. While Iran supports the Houthi rebels in Yemen, Saudi Arabia fights against them along with the local government.

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