Russia welcomes Iran-Saudi Arabia agreement to restore relations
The Russian foreign minister has hailed a recent agreement between Iran and Saudi Arabia to restore relations after seven years of estrangement.
Sergei Lavrov made the remark in a Monday phone call with his Iranian counterpart, Hossein AmirAbdollahian.
After several days of intensive negotiations hosted by China, Iran and Saudi Arabia finally clinched a deal on Friday to restore diplomatic relations and re-open embassies and missions within two months.
According to the statement, Iran and Saudi Arabia highlighted the need to respect each others’ national sovereignty and refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of one another.
Iran, Saudi Arabia and China expressed their firm determination to make their utmost efforts to promote regional and international peace and security, it emphasized.
The two foreign ministers also discussed the implementation of long-term cooperation agreements signed between Tehran and Moscow.
The top Iranian and Russian diplomats also touched on the forthcoming meeting among Iran, Russia, Turkiye and Syria, which is aimed at facilitating resolution of the existing problems between Syria and its northern neighbor, Turkey.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently announced that the Syrian, Turkish, and Russian foreign ministers would be holding a meeting in line with the countries’ collective efforts to address existing disputes between Damascus and Ankara.
The Turkish chief executive said the countries’ heads of state would be joining the talks too if the need arises.
Lavrov has also called it “reasonable” for Iran to join in mediating the talks between Syria and Turkiye alongside Moscow, TASS news agency reported.
In an interview with Russia’s TASS in February, Iran’s ambassador to Moscow Kazem Jalali said the Islamic Republic will be joining trilateral talks among Syria, Turkey, and Russia that will be aimed at the potential resolution of standing differences between Damascus and Ankara.