TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian diplomat Alireza Enayati has confirmed that authorities from Saudi Arabia and Iran are consulting and cooperating to reopen their respective diplomatic missions.
Speaking to IRNA on Monday, Enayati, who is also the director general of Iran’s Foreign Ministry Office for Persian Gulf Affairs, expressed hope that the Saudi embassy and consulate would reopen in Iran before the May 9 deadline.
He confirmed that Saudi diplomats visited Tehran and Mashhad to inspect the consulate and will return to Riyadh, with another delegation expected to visit Iran to discuss the reopening of the embassy in Tehran and consulate in Mashhad.
Enayati explained that diplomatic ties have already been restored between the two countries, and they are working to bring the diplomatic missions back on track.
He emphasized the importance of reopening the diplomatic missions before the Hajj pilgrimage to facilitate Iranian pilgrims’ trips to Saudi Arabia.
The potential simultaneous reopening of both embassies is still undecided, according to Enayati, but he hoped for a consensus in upcoming negotiations.
He stated that any embassy ready to reopen before the two-month limit can resume its work.