Ramadan banquet with Iranian and Saudi ambassadors
WANA (Mar 27) – The Iranian ambassador in Spain, Hassan Ghashghavi, attended the dinner organized for the first time to celebrate the breaking of the Ramadan fast , which was held at the residence of the ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Spain, Azzam Abdelkarim Algain .
In this ceremony, the parties emphasized the development of relations between the two countries in all fields.
Iran and Saudi Arabia have a long history of political and religious tensions, which have often led to diplomatic conflicts, disputes, and proxy wars across the region. However, there have been several attempts in the past to broker a diplomatic agreement between the two countries, especially by third-party countries such as Kuwait, Pakistan, and Oman.
Finally, Iran and Saudi Arabia, the two great oil-producing rivals of the Middle East, have agreed to restore ties and reopen embassies seven years after relations were severed. The agreement came after Chinese-brokered talks held in Beijing.
Foreign Minister of Iran Hossein Amirabdollahian held separate telephone conversations with his counterparts from Saudi Arabia, Syria and Libya about a range of regional issues.
In the phone call with Saudi Arabia’s Faisal bin Farhan on Sunday, the Iranian and Saudi diplomats talked about the latest state of the recent agreement between Tehran and Riyadh and the upcoming meeting between the two foreign ministers.
They also exchanged views about meeting up during the holy month of Ramadan and the constructive path of relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi Foreign Minister also stressed that ” the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia hopes to open a new page with Iran and broaden the horizons of cooperation , which will have a positive impact on the consolidation of security and stability, and on the advancement of development and prosperity, not only of the two countries, but of the entire region”.
Saudi Arabia and Iran are neighboring countries in the Middle East with a long history of political and religious tensions. The conflict between the two countries stems from their contrasting religious and political ideologies, as well as their competing interests in the region.
Saudi Arabia is an Islamic monarchy that is governed by the Sunni sect of Islam, while Iran is ruled by the Shia. The two countries have different political systems, with Saudi Arabia being an absolute monarchy while Iran is a republic.
The tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran have been exacerbated by various conflicts in the Middle East, including the civil war in Syria and the war in Yemen. Saudi Arabia has been leading a coalition of Arab countries in a military intervention in Yemen against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.