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Iran confirms talks with Saudi Arabia, guarantees greatest efforts

DUBAI, Might 10 (Reuters) – Iran publicly confirmed for the primary time on Monday that it was in talks with its primary regional rival, Saudi Arabia, saying it will do what it may to resolve the problems between them.

“The de-escalation of tensions between the 2 Muslim nations within the Persian Gulf area is within the curiosity of countries and the area,” International Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh advised a weekly press convention televised.

Iran was awaiting the end result of the talks, he stated: “We welcome the decision of the issues which have existed between the 2 nations … We are going to use our greatest efforts on this regard.”

Ambassador Rayed Krimly, head of political planning at Saudi Arabia’s overseas ministry, advised Reuters final week that talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran are aimed toward lowering regional tensions. He stated it was too early to evaluate the end result and that Riyadh wished to see “verifiable acts”.

Iran and Saudi Arabia have been locked right into a rivalry that has unfolded in proxy conflicts throughout the area, from Yemen to Syria to Iraq. The 2 nations severed diplomatic ties in 2016. Center East officers and sources stated final month that they’d held two rounds of talks.

The arrival of President Joe Biden in the US modified the diplomatic calculation throughout the Center East. Washington is aiming to revive a nuclear cope with Iran that Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump deserted, and referred to as on Saudi Arabia to finish a struggle towards Iran-aligned Yemeni Houthi forces.

Some sources advised Reuters final month that Tehran had vowed to make use of its affect to finish the Houthi assaults on Saudi Arabia, in return asking Riyadh to help nuclear talks.

The nuclear talks in Vienna between Tehran and the world powers purpose to convey Washington and Iran again into full compliance with the nuclear deal. In retaliation for sanctions reimposed since 2018 by Trump, Iran violated nuclear restrictions underneath the pact. (Writing by Parisa Hafezi edited by Peter Graff)

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