Saudi Foreign Minister in Tehran as part of restoring diplomatic relations after a 7-year break

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s top diplomat arrived in the Iranian capital on Saturday, the latest step in restoring diplomatic ties between the two Middle Eastern rivals, Iranian state media reported.

The state-run IRNA agency said Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan will meet his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amirabdollahian, in Tehran.

Prince Faisal is expected to officially open the kingdom’s embassy later on Saturday in the capital.

Both nations have reopened their diplomatic missions in recent weeks.

In March, Iran and Saudi Arabia agreed to restore diplomatic relations and reopen their embassies after seven years of tension.

It was a major diplomatic breakthrough brokered by China, reducing the risk of further conflict between Riyadh and Tehran – both directly and in proxy disputes in the region.

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