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Iran’s Raisi ‘welcomes’ invitation to visit Saudi Arabia after reconciliation deal

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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has “welcomed” an invitation from Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to visit the kingdom following the reconciliation deal between the two countries, an Iranian official said Sunday.

“In a letter to President Raisi … the King of Saudi Arabia welcomed the agreement between the two brotherly countries (and) invited him to Riyadh,” tweeted Mohammad Jamshidi, the Iranian President’s deputy chief of staff for political affairs, adding “Raisi welcomed the invitation”.

The two regional heavyweights on March 10 announced a China-brokered deal to restore ties nearly seven years after their split.

Riyadh severed ties after Iranian protesters attacked Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic missions in 2016 after the execution of revered Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr – just one in a series of flashpoints between the two longtime regional rivals.

Shiite-majority Iran and mainly Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia are expected to reopen their embassies and missions within two months and implement security and economic cooperation agreements signed more than 20 years ago.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian told reporters on Sunday that the two countries had agreed to hold a meeting between their top diplomats.

He added that three locations for the talks had been suggested, without specifying which.

Several Gulf states followed in Riyadh’s footsteps and severed ties with Tehran in 2016, although the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait recently resumed ties.


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