Iran poised to normalize ties with Saudi Arabia: Iranian media

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TEHRAN, March 8 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Nour News said on Wednesday that Iran welcomes further negotiations with Saudi Arabia to normalize their bilateral ties after Riyadh sent a positive signal on the rapprochement talks on Tuesday.

Nour News, which is affiliated with Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), said in a tweet that Iran "welcomes the continuation of talks and is ready to reach an agreement," adding the "existence of political will is necessary for progress."

"Saudi Arabia's FM has again announced readiness for talks with Iran ... 5 rounds of negotiations have made issues of interest completely clear," the Iranian news outlet pointed out.

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud told reporters in London that the kingdom is "open to dialogue with Iran."

Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties with Iran in early 2016 in response to the attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran after the kingdom executed a Shiite cleric.

To improve bilateral relations and ease regional tensions, Iraq hosted four rounds of direct talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia in 2021 and the fifth round in April last year. Enditem

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