Returning to Saudi Arabia: Iran opened its embassy in Riyadh in a highly publicized ceremony on Tuesday after seven years of severing diplomatic relations.
Contact between the two countries was severed following the execution of a Shiite cleric and the storming of the Saudi mission in Iran by an Iranian mob. Only three months ago, Tehran and Riyadh reached an agreement to renew relations mediated by China. Today, representatives of the foreign ministries of Iran and Saudi Arabia arrived at the embassy, which has undergone preparations and renovation work in recent weeks. The opening of the embassy follows Iran's announcement that the new ambassador to Saudi Arabia will be Alireza Anati.
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During the opening ceremony, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Consulate Ali Rada Birdli said: "We see this day as an important day in the history of relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran. We believe that cooperation will return to its peak. With the return of Iran-Saudi relations, we will witness a new page in bilateral and regional relations towards more cooperation and rapprochement for the achievement of stability, prosperity and development."
Birdley added: "Diplomacy is the best tool for communication and dialogue between countries to achieve common understandings, stability, peace and development. This is not an option we can choose, but a vital step."
News for Iranian pilgrims, Hajar al-Hatim in Mecca,
Tomorrow, another step will be taken in the framework of renewed relations when Iran opens the doors of its General Consulate building in the city of Jeddah. An office of a representative of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation will also be opened. Recently, a spokesman for the Iranian foreign ministry noted that Iranian missions have already begun operating before Shi'ite pilgrims from Iran begin arriving in Mecca and Medina, the holy cities of Islam.
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