Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian meets with Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud in Cape Town, South Africa, June 2, 2023. Iran's Foreign Ministry/WANA (West Asia News Agency)

Riyadh – Tehran on the path of friendship

WANA (Jun 15) – Recently, after the normalization of relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the Iranian embassy in Riyadh was reopened after seven years.

 

The Iranian side had previously announced reopening the Saudi embassy in Iran. For this purpose, Saudi Foreign Minister “Faisal bin Farhan” will travel to Tehran on Saturday to meet and talk with the Islamic Republic of Iran officials.

 

This trip is essential because it is said that “Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud” will soon carry a message from “King Salman bin Abdulaziz”, the King of Saudi Arabia, to “Ibrahim Raisi”, the President of Iran. This message is said to be about the development of relations between the two countries.

 

“Ben Farhan” is supposed to meet with the President of Iran and other Iranian officials during this trip and discuss the evolution of relations between the two countries.

A newspaper with a cover picture of the meeting between the foreign ministers of Iran and Saudi Arabia is seen in Tehran, Iran April 8, 2023. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency)
The building of the Saudi Arabian embassy pictured before its reopening, in Tehran, Iran, April 8, 2023. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency)

There are no new details about the reopening ceremony of the Saudi embassy in Iran. Iranian local media reports that the Saudis have reserved one floor of the “Spinas Palace Hotel” located in the northwest of Tehran (Sadatabad) for a long time. The diplomats of Saudi Arabia who came to Tehran some time ago settled in this hotel and started their activities.

"Spinas Palace Hotel" located in the northwest of Tehran (Sadatabad). Social Media / WANA News Agency
“Spinas Palace Hotel” is located in the northwest of Tehran (Sadatabad). Social Media / WANA News Agency

According to this news, until the condition of the building of the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran is determined, the embassy will temporarily remain in this hotel.

 

IRAN & SAUDI ARABIA

The rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia has been fueled by various factors, including political differences, economic competition, and involvement in regional conflicts. Both countries have been competing for influence and power in the region, often through proxy wars and support for different political factions.

 

One of the most significant sources of tension between the two countries is the conflict in Yemen. Saudi Arabia has been leading a coalition of Arab states in a military campaign against the Houthi revolutionaries, who are believed to be supported by Iran.

 

Iran and Saudi Arabia have also been involved in the Syrian civil war, with Iran supporting the government of Bashar al-Assad and Saudi Arabia supporting various opposition groups. The two countries have also been involved in a number of other regional conflicts, including in Iraq, Lebanon, and Bahrain.


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