Saudi, Iran FMs hold Ramadan call, vow to meet 'soon'
RIYADH, Mar 23: The Saudi and Iranian foreign ministers spoke by phone to mark the beginning of Ramadan, vowing to meet "soon" to implement a landmark bilateral reconciliation deal, Riyadh said on Thursday.
The Saudi minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, called Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and the pair "exchanged congratulations on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan", which begins Thursday in both countries, the Saudi foreign ministry said in a statement posted on Twitter.
"The two ministers agreed to hold a bilateral meeting soon in order to pave the way for the reopening of embassies and consulates between the two countries," the statement said.
Saudi officials have said the ministers' expected meeting is the next step in a surprise Chinese-brokered rapprochement announced on March 10 intended to fully restore diplomatic ties seven years after they were severed.
Riyadh cut relations after Iranian protesters attacked Saudi diplomatic missions in 2016 following the Saudi execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr -- just one in a series of flashpoints between the two longstanding regional rivals. �AFP