Iran, Saudi Arabia are 'influential' countries in  West Asia area,  Muslim world; President Raeisi

Iran and Saudi Arabia are powerful nations in the Muslim world and West Asia, according to Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi, who also called for strengthening ties between Tehran and Riyadh.

Iran (IMNA) - Prior to his departure for Riyadh, Raeisi met with Alireza Enayati, Iran's new ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and made the comments.

The Iranian president emphasized the Islamic Republic's commitment to deepening and strengthening connections with its neighbors and urged using the available resources to strengthen Tehran-Riyadh relations.

"Collaboration between Iran and Saudi Arabia, as well as increased regional cooperation at bilateral and multilateral levels, particularly in issues concerning the Islamic world, will enhance the standing of regional countries," Raeisi declared.

Additionally, he pointed out that increased regional cooperation would reduce outside meddling in domestic matters.

On August 18, "frank and fruitful" meetings between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian took place behind closed doors in Jeddah. These were the highest-level discussions since the two countries resumed relations following years of estrangement.

The two sides emphasized the need to strengthen enduring ties in all spheres, with Amir-Abdollahian stressing Iran's will to advance ties with its neighbors, notably Saudi Arabia.

For his part, Salman reaffirmed Riyadh's offer to the Iranian president to visit Saudi Arabia and stated that Saudi Arabia sees its relationship with Iran as strategically important.

Iran and Saudi Arabia decided to restart communication and reestablish diplomatic posts on March 10 in Beijing.

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