Saudi, Iranian foreign ministers to meet during Ramadan

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SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Saudi state news agency SPA on Monday reported that Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud and his Iranian counterpart have agreed to meet during the ongoing Muslim holy month of Ramadan. 

Both ministers spoke by phone for the second time in a few days, SPA said.

The meeting between the two senior diplomats is under a deal that was recently made to restore ties.

“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,” SPA added. “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 deal between the regional powers, Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and long-time rival Shi’ite Iran, brokered by China, was announced after previously undisclosed talks in Beijing between top security officials from the two countries.

Saudi Arabia cut ties with Iran in 2016 after its embassy in Tehran was stormed during a dispute between the two countries over Riyadh’s execution of a Shi’ite Muslim cleric.

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