Saudi, Iranian FMs hold ‘informal’ meeting

ISLAMABAD – In a major diplomatic breakthrough between Saudi Arabia and Iran, foreign ministers of both the countries met on the sidelines of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers session.

“Iranian Foreign Minister Dr Amir Hussain and Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal Bin Farhan Al Saud met informally and briefly,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson said yesterday.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh confirmed the meeting, however, termed it as informal and brief. When contacted, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesperson did not comment on the meeting.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, however, said there is no progress or development in the negotiations between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

However, the sources told The Nation that bilateral relations and the situation in Middle East and Afghanistan came under discussion during the meeting.

Both Iran and Saudi Arabia are in touch through Baghdad, however, formal talks are yet to be decided.

Pakistan also played a behind-the-scene role between the two countries in reducing tension and bringing them to negotiations.

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