Saudi Arabia announces the killing of dozens of Houthis and news of their progress in Marib

Bloomberg Agency said that Iran has asked Saudi Arabia to reopen the consulates of the two countries and restore diplomatic relations as a prelude to ending the war in Yemen, according to two people familiar with the ongoing talks between Riyadh and Tehran who spoke to the agency.

Sources told Bloomberg that Saudi Arabia wants to reach an agreement on Yemen as an initial step towards rebuilding diplomatic relations, which were severed in 2016, but Iran insists on normalizing relations between them first.

Four rounds of discussions aimed at easing tension between the two countries were quietly conducted, during which the focus was on Yemen.

Two sources told Bloomberg that Iran had suggested reopening the consulates in the Iranian cities of Mashhad and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia as a sign of goodwill.

One person said the talks have made progress overall but tend to falter when it comes to details.

Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan said earlier this month that the talks were still in an “exploratory stage”, although his country hoped the dialogue would “resolve the outstanding issues between the two countries.”

The Saudi minister had confirmed the holding of the first round of direct talks with the new Iranian government, last month, noting that the last round took place on September 21.

Another round is expected soon, according to Bloomberg.

Both Saudi Arabia and Iran support opposing parties in many regional conflicts and conflicts in the region, foremost of which are Yemen, Syria and Lebanon. Riyadh accused Tehran of attacking its oil infrastructure and providing the Houthis in Yemen with missiles used to attack the kingdom’s territory.

Jennifer Gavito, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iran and Iraq, said that the United States welcomes the news of direct dialogue between Saudi Arabia and Iran, at a time of rising tensions in the Middle East. “We welcome any direct talks that lead to more peace and stability in the region,” she added.

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