In a sign of easing tensions between the two regional rivals, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud and his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amirabdollahian, have agreed to meet during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which ends in the third week of April.
The two ministers spoke by phone for the second time in a few days, according to the officia news agency on Monday. “During the call, a number of common issues were discussed in light of the tripartite agreement that was signed in the People’s Republic of China. The two ministers also agreed to hold a bilateral meeting between them during the ongoing month of Ramadan,”.
Earlier this month, Iran and Saudi Arabia agreed to revive relations after years of hostility that had threatened stability and security in the Gulf and helped fuel conflicts in the Middle East from Yemen to Syria. The landmark reconciliation deal was brokered by China, which hosted a meeting between the two countries’ foreign ministers in Beijing on March 9.
The deal included a pledge to cooperate on regional issues, respect each other’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and refrain from interfering in each other’s internal affairs. It also aimed to boost trade and investment ties between the two oil-rich nations.
The planned meeting between Prince Faisal and Amirabdollahian is seen as a positive step towards implementing the deal and building trust between the two sides.