Saudi Arabia urges improved maritime security in Gulf as ties with Iran resume

Saudi Arabia wants enhanced maritime security in the crucial Gulf region as part of its rapprochement with long-time rival Iran, Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said on Saturday.

Iran and Saudi Arabia agreed in March, in a deal brokered by China, to end a diplomatic rift and reestablish relations following years of hostility that had endangered regional stability including in the Gulf, Yemen, Syria and Lebanon.

Speaking after talks with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amirabdollahian in Tehran, Prince Faisal also said the Saudi king and crown prince are looking forward to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi “accepting the invitation to visit the Kingdom soon, God willing.”

“Work is currently underway for diplomatic missions to resume their work in the two countries, and we have witnessed the opening of the Iranian embassy in Riyadh … and it will be soon followed by the opening of the Saudi embassy in Tehran,” Bin Farhan said.

Amirabdollahian told a televised joint media event that security was vital for regional countries.

Source: Reuters