Speaking at a May 12 news conference, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has been invited to visit Saudi Arabia. The announcement raised speculation as to whether the two regional rivals are willing to resolve their differences.
“Anytime that [Zarif] sees to fit to come, we are willing to receive him. Iran is a neighbor. We have relations with them and we will negotiate with them. We will talk with them,” said Faisal. He did not mention when or how the invitation had been extended.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said May 14, “There has been no written invitation yet to the foreign minister of our country to visit Saudi Arabia. But a plan for the two ministers to meet is on the agenda.” He added, “We welcome negotiations and meetings to help solve regional conflicts, resolve misunderstandings and to expand bilateral relations.”
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