Jul 01, 2022 08:27 UTC
  • Iraq prepared to host Iran-Saudi talks

Iraq's foreign minister expressed his country’s readiness to pave the way for the resumption of political negotiations between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

According to Tasnim news agency, in a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart on Thursday night, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iraq Fuad Hussein voiced the Iraqi government’s readiness to prepare the ground for the restart of political negotiations between Iran and Saudi Arabia in Baghdad.

He also expressed hope that the talks between Tehran and Riyadh would result in “positive developments” and the re-establishment of relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia as two major countries in the region.

Hussein further expressed Baghdad’s readiness to assist with the issues relating to the Hajj pilgrimage.

For his part, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian praised the Iraqi officials for their efforts to facilitate the visits that Iranian pilgrims make to Saudi Arabia in this year’s Hajj season.

He also called on the Iraqi government to pursue the remaining affairs relating to the Hajj pilgrimage.

The two senior diplomats also talked about the expansion of relations between Iran and Iraq and the latest regional developments.

In a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minster Mustafa al-Kadhimi in Tehran on June 26, Amirabdollahian expressed gratitude to Iraq for strengthening dialogue and for its constructive role in the regional equations and mediation in the talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia, welcoming plans for the reopening of embassies in Tehran and Riyadh.

Baghdad has so far played host to several rounds of talks between the Iranian and Saudi representatives.