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Iran set to reopen embassy in Saudi Arabia after 7 years of closure

The move is the latest sign of rapprochement between the two countries since reaching a China-brokered deal to resume ties.

BEIRUT — Iran will reopen its diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said, months after the two countries signed a China-brokered agreement to restore ties after a seven-year rupture.

In a statement carried by Iranian state-run media outlets on Monday, ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani said the embassy in Riyadh, the Iranian consulate general in Jeddah and the Iranian office to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation will be officially reopened on Tuesday and Wednesday in the presence of top Iranian and Saudi diplomats.

Kanaani’s statements confirmed earlier comments by a diplomatic source in Riyadh who told AFP that the embassy reopening “will take place Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. local time with the presence of the newly appointed Iranian ambassador.”

Last month, the Islamic Republic named seasoned diplomat Alireza Enayati as the country’s new ambassador to Riyadh. Enyati served as the director-general for Persian Gulf Affairs at the Iranian Foreign Ministry and as Iran’s ambassador to Kuwait. In April, the Iranian embassy in Riyadh opened its gates for the first time in seven years.

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