Iran’s representation to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation resumed its work in the Saudi city of Jeddah, in the presence of 3 diplomats, after it had been suspended for the past 6 years.
According to reports, the three diplomats left for Jeddah in recent days and are scheduled to resume their activities in Jeddah, after a 6-year hiatus.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, had said that “Saudi Arabia agreed to grant visas to three Iranian diplomats to attend Iran’s representation to the organization in Jeddah,” considering that “issuing visas is a positive and good indication.”
In a related context, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Khatib Saeedzadeh, said today, Monday: “Focusing on relations with neighboring countries is our peremptory policy.. Mutual visits with neighboring countries, especially the Gulf countries, come to build comprehensive regional solutions in the region, and we welcome any solution that comes from within the region, provided that the principles of respect for the sovereignty of states and the red lines of each state are respected.
Zadeh added: “We presented our views to the Saudi side in writing during the fourth round of dialogue in Baghdad, and we are waiting for a response,” noting that “the premise of reaching an agreement with Saudi Arabia is for the other party to pay attention to his words and actions in this regard.”
He continued, “Iran is ready to reopen its embassy in Saudi Arabia, and the matter is due to the executive steps taken by the Saudi side, and we seek our efforts to complete this path with executive steps.”
It should be noted that the activity of the Iranian representative office in Jeddah was closed in 2015 after the severing of relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia after the attack on the Kingdom’s embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad.
The last permanent representative of Iran to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Jeddah was Mehdi Hamza, who left for Tehran with other Iranian diplomats based in Jeddah.
In the same year, after these developments, an extraordinary meeting of foreign ministers of the member states of this organization was held to discuss the issue of the attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran in Jeddah. Geneva and Vienna on the protection of political institutions and in violation of international law.
The statement also stated that the attacks violated the Charter of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Charter of the United Nations, which aim to promote friendly relations, mutual respect and cooperation among member states.
Speaking at the summit, Abbas Araqchi, who represented Iran at the Jeddah summit at the time, said that “the Iranian government has condemned the attack and is conducting an investigation to identify and punish the perpetrators.”
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