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Saudi-Iran rapprochement

Written by The Frontier Post

The fifth round of talks to normalize relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia is on the agenda of the Iranian Foreign Ministry and preparations are underway for the next round of bilateral contacts to be held in Baghdad in coming weeks. According to the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, his Country is striving for good relations with Saudi Arabia, despite the existing disagreements on a number of regional issues.

Two important Muslim Countries Saudi Arabia and Iran, the representatives and leaders of two major faction of Islam, Sunni and Shiite Muslim respectively, having tense relations over the past decades particularly after Iranian revolution in 1979. The two nations have wide range of disagreements ranging from competition for dominance in the Muslim world; intersect rivalry, affiliation with opposing blocs and divergence of interest in Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Libya and broader Middle East region. Several Muslim leaders including Prime Minister Imran Khan had raised their voice for normalization of Saudi Iran ties. While Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi facilitated Saudi-Iran dialogues for normalization of their bilateral Relations in larger interest of Muslim Ummah during April 2021. Currently, both nations are engaged in negotiations with the help of Iraq and a fifth meeting is scheduled in coming weeks. According to reports, late Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was also on a mission in connection with improvement of Iran-Saudi Ties when targeted by US forces in Baghdad.

In fact, extremist behavior has widened the differences among the Muslim countries and badly damaged the Muslim unity, whereas foreign powers took advantage of mutual rivalries of Muslim states throughout the history. Iran and Saudi Arabia remained in a state of secret war during past decades and Muslim Ummah suffered from their rivalry, while Israel tactfully used Muslim disunity in its benefit. Fortunately, Iran and Saudi Arabia had realized the situation and agreed to initiate dialogue to remove their differences. Hopefully, the leadership of both countries would act sensibly by restoring their bilateral relations and will promote Muslim unity, tolerance and peaceful coexistence among the Muslim nations around the globe.

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