Saudi Foreign Minister Dubs Iran Talks 'Cordial' and 'Exploratory,' Report Says

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Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud speaks during a joint EU news conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia last week
Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud speaks during a joint EU news conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia last weekCredit: AHMED YOSRI/ REUTERS
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Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan has said that talks with Iran had been "cordial," describing the negotiations as "exploratory," the Financial Times reported on Friday.

"We are serious about the talks," bin Farhan told the FT in an interview. "For us, it's not that big a shift. We've always said we want to find a way to stabilize the region."

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Last week, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia are on a “good path.” Speaking during his first visit to Lebanon since taking his post after Iran’s presidential elections in June, Amir-Abdollahian said the Iranian side has proposed “new constructive ideas” in the last meeting with the Saudis, and that Iran was ready to return to normal diplomatic ties.

He also said nuclear talks to revive Tehran’s now-tattered 2015 accord with world powers, stalled since June, will resume soon.

Iran and Saudi Arabia have long been regional rivals. Relations worsened considerably in 2016, when Riyadh removed its diplomats after protesters attacked its embassy in Tehran and consulate in Mashhad in retaliation for the kingdom executing a prominent Shiite cleric, Nimr al-Nimr.

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