Iran, Bahrain Agree to Start Talks on Resuming Political Relations

Iran and Bahrain have agreed to start negotiations on the resumption of political relations between the two countries after a hiatus of more than eight years.

Iran (IMNA) - The announcement was made in a joint statement by the two countries following a meeting between Iran's acting Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani and his Bahraini counterpart, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani. The Bahraini foreign minister is currently in Tehran to participate in the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) ministerial meeting.

The statement noted that the two countries' top diplomats held a bilateral meeting "within the framework of fraternal and historical relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Islamic Republic of Iran, and [in view of] religious [and] neighborly ties [as well as] the common history and mutual interests between them."

During the meeting, the two sides agreed to create necessary mechanisms to start negotiations on how to restart political relations between Tehran and Manama.

The announcement came after Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa said in early June that his country was working to restore diplomatic relations with Iran. Bahrain had severed ties with Iran in 2016, following Saudi Arabia's lead, after Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi diplomatic mission in Iran.

Tehran and Riyadh reached an agreement in March 2023 to restore diplomatic relations and re-open embassies and missions. Bahrain's foreign minister recently visited Tehran to offer condolences on the passing of Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi.

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