Saudi King Sends Message to Iranian President on Gaza Crisis and Congratulates Iran on Islamic Revolution Anniversary

Iran’s Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, received a message from Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, addressed to President Ebrahim Raeisi. The message was handed over by Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Tehran, Abdullah bin Saud al-Anzi, during a meeting held on Wednesday.

Iran (IMNA) - The message served as a response to President Raeisi's previous communication regarding the ongoing developments in the Gaza Strip. With over two million Palestinians enduring a humanitarian catastrophe due to the Israeli war, the message expressed concern for the situation.

Additionally, the message included congratulatory notes from King Salam and Saudi Crown Province Mohammed bin Salman, marking the 45th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic Revolution.

Iranian and Saudi Officials Express Optimism for Improved Relations

In a recent meeting, Iranian Foreign Minister, Amir-Abdollahian, expressed his satisfaction with the progress of Iran-Saudi relations, emphasizing the importance of balanced development across all areas. He highlighted the mutual benefits that enhanced bilateral cooperation brings to both countries and the wider region.

Echoing this sentiment, the Saudi envoy emphasized that Riyadh considers its relationship with Tehran as strategic rather than tactical. Anzi, the Saudi ambassador, also revealed that he has been assigned the task of elevating ties between the two nations in various sectors.

Furthermore, the Saudi ambassador addressed the issue of Umrah flights, stating that he is actively working towards their resumption. He expressed hope for the resolution of technical obstacles that have prevented Iranians from undertaking the year-round pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Iran and Saudi Arabia Restore Diplomatic Relations Under Chinese-Brokered Deal

Iran and Saudi Arabia have officially restored diplomatic relations that were severed in 2016, following an agreement brokered by China. In a joint statement issued after signing the pact, both Tehran and Riyadh emphasized the importance of respecting each other's national sovereignty and refraining from interfering in internal affairs. As part of the agreement, the two nations will implement a security cooperation agreement signed in April 2001, as well as another accord reached in May 1998 to enhance cooperation in various sectors including economic, commercial, investment, technical, scientific, cultural, sports, and youth affairs.

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