Riyadh, 20 March 2023 (TDI): The Saudi King has invited the Iranian President for an official visit. This happened after the two countries decided to resume and reorient their diplomatic relations.

The invitation came from an official letter by the Saudia’s King Salman bin Aziz, though not yet confirmed by Saudi officials and media.

The Iranian official, Mohammad Jamshidi, tweeted that Iran welcomed the invitation to visit the Saudi capital, Riyadh, and Iran is committed to initiating and maintaining cordial relations between the two sides.

The Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian also stated that, the two countries agreed to hold a meeting at the foreign minister level, and that three possible locations were proposed for a meeting.

The recent improvement in bilateral relations is a result of continuous diplomatic initiatives taken by China. 

Tehran and Riyadh agreed to reopen the embassies within two months and to restore and re-establish relations based on security, economy, and other aspects.

Reaction of the World Community

The development between the two significant Middle Eastern countries is warmly welcomed by the world political community.

Especially the United Nations (UN), and the United States (UN), appreciated this diplomatic move, as previous attempts for reconciliation failed.

The diplomatic ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia faced cleavages in 2016 when demonstrators stormed Saudia’s Embassy in Tehran.

Moreover, there occurred an execution by Riyadh of a prominent Shia Muslim Cleric Nimr al Nimr, who was convicted of terror-related offenses.

The tensions between Sunni and Shia neighbors erupted since then. Amir-Abdollahian also said that Iran hoped to resume and improve its diplomatic relations with Bahrain, Jordon, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).