Saudi-Iran are in the early stages of talks. But they will serve as a foundation for addressing key concerns between the two nations. According to the Kingdom’s foreign minister.
The most recent round of talks. According to Prince Faisal bin Farhan, took place on September 21. “We talked about our serious worry over Iran’s nuclear transgressions,” he added.
“We are still in the exploratory stage of these conversations. Also We hope they will serve as a foundation for addressing unsolved concerns between the two parties. However we will work hard to make that happen,” he added.
Prince Faisal was chatting with Josep Borrell, the EU’s high representative for international affairs, at a news conference in Riyadh. The two leaders addressed a variety of topics, including the crisis in Yemen. Where Iran backs Houthi rebel fighters who have unleashed a barrage of missile. Also drone assaults on Saudi Arabian civilian targets and oil facilities.
Borrell on Saudi-Iran Talks
Borrell called Yemen’s situation a “sad tragedy” and expressed support for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
He stated that the EU opposed Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia. Also was attempting to avert them through diplomatic means.
“We applaud Saudi Arabia’s efforts to settle the Yemeni crisis and safeguard its territory,” Borrell added.
Borrell also expressed optimism that nuclear discussions between world powers and Iran will resume “soon” in Vienna. Iran is under pressure to return to the 2015 nuclear deal in exchange for the easing of economic sanctions. When the US withdrew out of the agreement in 2018, it shattered. Also discussions have deadlocked over whether Iran or the US should be the first to restore compliance.
Borrell is in Riyadh as part of a regional trip to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Which also includes the UAE and Qatar. The EU wants to enhance strategic collaboration with Gulf nations. Which include climate change, global vaccination access, and support for the “green economy,”. According to the bloc’s foreign policy head.
During the Saudi chairmanship of the GCC. Borrell indicated he would host a ministerial-level joint cooperation council early next year.
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