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Iran media hails thaw with Saudi Arabia as top diplomats meet in China

Saudi and Iranian foreign ministers met in Beijing on Thursday as China's role expands in the Middle East.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (L), Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang (C) and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud (R) in Beijing on April 6, 2023. - SPA

TEHRAN — Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian described a meeting with his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan in Beijing on Thursday as constructive, in their bid to find a path toward reconciliation following more than seven years of hostilities.

Amir-Abdollahian wrote on Twitter Thursday that the pair "stressed stability, sustainable security and development in the region." The meeting is the first extensive gathering on the foreign ministerial level between Riyadh and Tehran since 2014, and the first to brokered by China building on its strong ties with both parties. 

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