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Iraqi Prime Minister arrives in Iran after Saudi visits to promote the resurrection of talks between Tehran and Riyadh

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Dubai — Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadimi arrives in Iran on Sunday, the day after Iran's state television travels to Saudi Arabia to revive negotiations between regional rivals to ease long-standing hostility. , Reported.

Iran and Saudi Arabia, the major Shiite and Sunni Muslim powers in the Middle East, broke relations in 2016 to support allies fighting proxy wars across the region, from Yemen to Syria. did.

"The Iraqi Prime Minister has arrived in Tehran with a delegation of high-ranking political and economic authorities to discuss regional and bilateral issues," Iran's state television said.

Tehran denied that tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia increased further in 2019 after Riyadh accused Iran of assaulting an oil plant in Saudi Arabia.

Iran officials told Reuters that "resumption of negotiations between Tehran and Riyadh will be discussed during Qadimi's trip to Iran."

A fifth round of talks took place in April after Iran suspended negotiations in March without explaining why, but Saudi Arabia killed 81 people in the biggest slaughter in decades. A decision was made after the execution. Tehran has accused the execution of activists who said they included 41 Shiite Muslims.

On Saturday, Kadimi met with Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia in Jeddah, and the state news agency SPA said bilateral relations and "improving regional security and stability." Said to include.

Qadimi's visit is a multi-month deadlock in indirect negotiations between Tehran and Washington to secure a 2015 nuclear agreement that curtailed Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for easing sanctions. Is expected to be resolved.

US President Joe Biden will visit Riyadh in mid-July, and talks include Gulf security concerns about Iran's ballistic missile program and a network of agents across the Middle East. Is expected. (Written by Parisa Hafezi, edited by Raissa Kasolowsky)