Iran to reestablish diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia

According to a spokeswoman for the foreign ministry, Iran will restore its diplomatic posts in Saudi Arabia this week.

Iran (IMNA) - "The Islamic Republic of Iran's embassy in Riyadh, consulate general in Jeddah, and Iran's permanent representative to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will be officially reopened on Tuesday and Wednesday," Nasser Kan'ani stated on Monday.

Before the departure of Iranians to participate in the yearly Hajj pilgrimage, Kan'ani said that the Iranian embassies in Riyadh and Jeddah had begun preparations.

Iran and Saudi Arabia decided to restart diplomatic relations and reopen embassies within two months on March 10 after several days of intense talks in Beijing. The necessity to preserve national sovereignty and refrain from interfering in one another's internal affairs was emphasized by Tehran and Riyadh in a joint statement following the signing of the pact.

They also concurred to put into effect a security cooperation agreement signed in April 2001 and a May 1998 agreement to increase economic, commercial, investment, technological, scientific, cultural, sports, and youth affairs collaboration.

Iranian ambassador to Saudi Arabia Alireza Enayati was appointed last month.

Prior to this, Enayati held the positions of director-general of Persian Gulf affairs at the Foreign Ministry, assistant to the foreign minister, and ambassador of Iran to Kuwait.

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