Iran’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement, welcoming the latest remarks made by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about relations between Tehran and Riyadh.
Speaking in a televised interview, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said that his country wants good relations with Iran. The Crown Prince’s statement came following the Financial Times reported that Saudi and Iranian officials held secret talks in Baghdad in early April.
The Crown Prince also covertly stated the two countries are working to overcome challenges, saying “We are working with our partners to deal with problems, and we hope to overcome it and have a good and positive relationship with everyone.”
The statement was considered as a signal of thawing relations between the two regional rivals.
Speaking upon the Crown Prince’s statements, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a statement that “Iran and Saudi Arabia, as two important countries in the region and the Muslim world, can enter a new chapter of interaction and cooperation to achieve regional peace, stability, and development by adopting constructive and dialogue-based approaches.”
Seeing changes in Saudi approach towards Iran is satisfactory, the spokesperson added.
Previously, responding to a question regarding the Financial Times report, Khatibzadeh said that dialogue with Saudi Arabia is always welcomed by Tehran.
According to the Financial Times report, the secret talks handled ways of easing tensions between the two regional rivals, particularly focusing on the Yemeni Houthis’ military escalation against Saudi soil. The report also claimed that both sides agreed to hold another round of talks.