Visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have held “frank and fruitful” talks in Jeddah.
The highest level talks since the two countries restored relations after years of estrangement was held behind closed doors.
In an online Friday post on X, formerly known as Twitter, Amir-Abdollahian said he held 90 minutes of talks with the Saudi crown prince.
The minister said the talks were “explicit, frank, fruitful, and productive based on neighborhood policy.”
The two sides underscored the need to enhance sustainable relations in all fields, the minister said.
“We have consensus on security and development for all in the region,” the top Iranian diplomat tweeted.
صبح امروز با امیرمحمد بنسلمان ولیعهد عربستانسعودی بمدت ۹۰ دقیقه در جده دیدار داشتیم.گفتگوی صریح، بیپرده، سودمند و نتیجهبخش، مبتنی بر سیاست همسایگی. با اراده روسای دو کشور، بر مناسبات دوجانبه پایدار در همه زمینهها تاکید شد.
در منطقه بر«امنیت و توسعه برای همه»اتفاق نظر داريم. pic.twitter.com/4dGZlR7MMX
— H.Amirabdollahian امیرعبداللهیان (@Amirabdolahian) August 18, 2023
During the meeting, Amir-Abdollahian reiterated Iran’s determination to improve relations with the countries in the region, particularly Saudi Arabia.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran and Saudi Arabia can bring about further growth and prosperity to the region by improving comprehensive cooperation, including in the political, economic, commercial, transit, scientific and technological, cultural and popular fields,” the top Iranian diplomat said.
He said Tehran and Riyadh shoulder a “historic responsibility” vis-à-vis the global developments.
Pointing to Iran’s achievements and capacities, Amir-Abdollahian underscored the need to boost dialogue as well as development-oriented ties as the “path to success” in the region.
Iran and Saudi Arabia play a leading role in the region and the Muslim world, the minister said.
The Iranian foreign minister described Palestine and al-Quds as the key issues of the Muslim world and said the Israeli regime poses a threat to all nations.
The Saudi crown prince, for his part, extended his own and the Saudi King’s greetings to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and President Ebrahim Raeisi.
Salman said Saudi Arabia views the relationship with Iran as strategic. He reiterated Riyadh’s invitation to the Iranian president to travel to Saudi Arabia.
The meeting took place a day after the top Iranian diplomat held talks with his Saudi counterpart Faisal Bin Farhan in the capital Riyadh. In a joint presser after the talks, Amir-Abdollahian said the talks were significant, adding that ties between the two countries “are progressing in the right direction.”
Iran and Saudi Arabia agreed in Beijing on March 10 to resume relations and reopen diplomatic missions within two months.
In a joint statement after signing the agreement, Tehran and Riyadh highlighted the need to respect the national sovereignty of one another and refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of the respective countries.
They also agreed to implement a security cooperation agreement signed in April 2001 and another accord reached in May 1998 to boost economic, commercial, investment, technical, scientific, cultural, sports, and youth affairs cooperation.