Rivals Iran, Saudi Arabia hold new round of talks in Iraq

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Saudi Arabia and Iran have met again in Iraq, several local sources said Wednesday, as talks aiming to ease tensions have continued under Iran President Ebrahim Raisi, AFP reported.

Regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia, have been engaged in talks since April at the highest level since cutting ties in 2016. The discussions, hosted by Iraq as it seeks to act as a regional mediator, were launched under Iran´s former, moderate president Hassan Rouhani, who was replaced in August by Raisi.

The talks have led to “serious progress” regarding Gulf security, Tehran´s foreign ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh said on September 23. The latest round of talks was confirmed by three Iraqi sources, all speaking on condition they not be named. “An Iranian official met with a Saudi official in Baghdad, following previous meetings between the two countries,” one source said, confirming the talks took place in recent days. A government official and a source close to the government confirmed the meeting, without providing more details.

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