Friday, September 22, 2023

First Saudi ambassador arrives in Tehran after rapprochement.

CAIRO, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s first ambassador to Iran since the resumption of diplomatic relations arrived in Tehran on Tuesday to start his new mission there, the Saudi state news agency said.

The agency quoted Ambassador Abdullah bin Saud al-Anzi as saying the Saudi leadership stresses the importance of strengthening relations with Iran with more communication and meetings between the two countries.

Last March, China brokered a rapprochement between Riyadh and Tehran, leading to a resumption of full diplomatic relations. Saudi Arabia broke off relations in 2016 when protesters attacked its embassy in Tehran over Riyadh’s execution of a prominent Shi’ite cleric.

Reporting by Omar Abdel-Razek; editing by Jonathan Oatis…