Sources told Bloomberg that Iran has asked Saudi Arabia to reopen the Saudi and Iranian consulates in Jeddah and Mashhad, and to resume diplomatic relations as a prelude to ending the war in Yemen.
Two sources said that “Iran suggested reopening the two consulates in the Iranian cities of Mashhad and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia as a sign of goodwill.” “The talks have made progress in general, but they tend to falter when it comes to the details,” one said.
The agency noted that “at a time when world powers are pushing for negotiations to revive the Iran nuclear deal, the Islamic Republic has quietly conducted four rounds of discussions aimed at easing years of tension with Saudi Arabia. The focus was on Yemen.”
The last round of Saudi-Iranian talks was held on September 21, and another round is expected to be held soon.
And “Bloomberg” pointed out that “Saudi Arabia, which has been engaged in confrontations with the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen since 2015, seeks to end a conflict that exposed its oil facilities to drone and missile attacks,” noting that “Saudi Arabia wants an agreement on Yemen as an initial step towards rebuilding relations.” Diplomacy has been cut off since 2016, but Iran insists that normalization comes first.