The Iranian President, Ebrahim Raisi, He received a invitation of the king of Saudi Arabia to visit the country and seal a approach announced this month between the two main Islamic rivals in the Middle East, an Iranian official said today.
Both countries announced on March 10 their decision to reestablish diplomatic relations within two months after talks held in China, which acted as mediator.
“In a letter addressed to President Raisi, King Salman of Saudi Arabia welcomed the agreement reached between the two brotherly countries,” Iranian Deputy Chief of Staff Mohammad Jamshidi said on Twitter today.
King Salman invited Raisi to Riyadh and “He called for strong economic and regional cooperation”added the official, who said that the president “thanked for the invitation”reported the AFP news agency.
Saudi Arabia, a Sunni Muslim country, and Iran, a Shiite Muslim, they broke relations in 2016 after Iranian protesters attacked Saudi diplomatic missions following Riyadh’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric.
The agreement between the two rival Middle Eastern powers includes the mutual reopening of embassies, as well as a commitment by each to respect the other’s sovereignty and not interfere in their “internal affairs.”