Iranian Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, resumed operations

Iran has reopened its Consulate in the Saudi port city of Jeddah, four months after the two countries agreed to re-establish diplomatic ties.

Iran (IMNA) - The Iranian diplomatic post in Jeddah, which had been shuttered since 2016, was reopened on Wednesday during a ceremony in the western Saudi city.

The Iranian flag was flown over the facility while the Iranian national anthem was performed during the event, which was attended by a number of Iranian and Saudi dignitaries.

A separate ceremony, also conducted in Jeddah, the headquarters of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), marked the reopening of the Islamic Republic's Permanent Representative Office at the international organization.

A day earlier, Iran reopened its Embassy in the kingdom's capital, Riyadh, with a similar flag-raising ceremony attended by several Iranian and Saudi officials.

The countries suspended connections in January 2016 following the murder of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent Shia cleric in Saudi Arabia, which sparked heated protests in front of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and the kingdom's Consulate in Mashhad.

China effectively mediated high-stakes discussions between Tehran and Riyadh in March, resulting in the signing of a pact between the two parties that envisioned the revival of their ties.

Observers have hailed the reunion between the regional powerhouses as a counterweight to efforts to alienate the region's countries from one another, claiming that it serves to reenergize regional coherence and integrity.

The Islamic Republic appointed Ali-Reza Enayati as its envoy to the Saudi capital last month.

Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, has yet to declare when it would reopen its Embassy in Tehran or reveal its choice for ambassador.

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