Saudi ambassador begins Tehran mission following Iranian envoy’s arrival in Riyadh

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Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Iran arrived in Tehran on Tuesday to commence his official duties, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported, hours after the Islamic Republic’s envoy arrived in Riyadh.

The exchange of ambassadors comes after the two countries reached an agreement in March, brokered by China, to reestablish diplomatic relations after seven years of no formal ties.

The Saudi “leadership’s directives emphasize the importance of strengthening relations and intensifying communication and meetings between the Kingdom and Iran,” the Saudi envoy, Abdullah bin Saud Alanazi, said after arriving in Tehran, according to SPA.

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Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 program “represents a road map that reflects all aspects of cooperation that can be built upon to enhance cooperation between the two countries,” Alanazi, who previously served as the Kingdom’s ambassador to Oman, added.

Earlier on Tuesday, Iran’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Alireza Enayati, arrived in the Saudi capital.

Prior to his departure for Riyadh, Enayati met with Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi on Monday, Iranian state news agency IRNA reported.

During the meeting, Raisi emphasized the significance of Iran and Saudi Arabia in the regional and Islamic spheres and “called for the use of existing capabilities to develop relations between Tehran and Riyadh,” according to IRNA.

Under the deal signed in March, Riyadh and Tehran agreed to reopen embassies and consulates in each other’s territories and implement security and economic cooperation agreements that were signed over 20 years ago.

Saudi Arabia severed ties with Iran in 2016 following an attack by pro-regime protesters on its embassy in Tehran and consulate in Mashhad.

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