Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that Tehran is ready to hold talks with Saudi Arabia at any level and on all issues.
And he considered that what he described as “Riyadh changing its political rhetoric will help change the situation, but this should lead to a change in its behavior.” Read also Behind the news – news of Iranian-Saudi talks … What will they discuss and why now?Financial Times: Saudi-Iranian talks took place in Baghdad, and a Saudi official denies .. Reuters: The meeting focused on the Yemen and Lebanon files Agence France-Presse on the authority of an Iraqi: Iranian and Saudi delegations met in Baghdad early this month The Iranian ambassador to Iraq: Tehran agrees to Baghdad’s mediation to defuse tension in the region
Earlier, Zadeh said that Iran welcomes Saudi Arabia to change its political tone.
Khatibzadeh added, “Through constructive opinions and an approach based on dialogue, Iran and Saudi Arabia, as two important countries in the region and the Islamic world, can enter a new chapter of interaction and cooperation to achieve peace, stability and regional development by overcoming differences.”
These Iranian statements came after statements by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in which he said that Iran is a neighboring country and that the Kingdom aspires to have a good relationship with it, wishing the Houthis to sit at the dialogue table to end the war in Yemen.
The Saudi Crown Prince clarified – in a TV interview – that what Saudi Arabia is seeking is a good and distinct relationship with Iran in a way that serves the interests of the two countries, indicating that his country is seeking with its partners to solve what he described as the existing problems with Tehran on some issues.
He added, “We do not want Iran’s situation to be difficult, on the contrary, we want Iran to grow and have interests in it and have interests in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to push the region and the world to growth and prosperity.”
In the same context, the “New York Times” (The New York Times) two days ago quoted Iraqi and Iranian officials as saying that the head of Saudi intelligence last month began secret talks with a high-ranking Iranian security official in Baghdad. Advertising
The American newspaper reported that the talks came to discuss controversial issues, including the war in Yemen and Iranian-backed militias in Iraq.
The newspaper stated, citing an advisor in the Iranian government, that the talks that took place on April 9 last brought together Khalid bin Ali Al-Humaidan, head of Saudi intelligence, and Saeed Irvani, deputy secretary of the Supreme Council for Iranian National Security.
The newspaper said that the officials agreed to hold more talks in Baghdad this May, and that it was likely to be among the ambassadors.
On April 18, the British Financial Times newspaper said that high-ranking officials from Saudi Arabia and Iran held direct talks in an attempt to repair relations after 4 years of severing diplomatic ties. However, a Saudi official immediately denied to the newspaper any action. Any talks between the two sides, before Riyadh and Tehran give indications that such talks could take place without official confirmation.