| 28 November 2023, Tuesday |

Tehran speaks about reopening embassy in Riyadh on May 9

Iran intends to resume its diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia by May 9. Based on a March deal for mending relations between Riyadh and Tehran brokered by Beijing, diplomatic missions have reopened, according to senior foreign ministry officials.

During his weekly press briefing, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani stated that “the Beijing Accord between the two foreign ministries is moving well and at a reasonable speed.”

The spokesman also expressed hope that Iran and Saudi Arabia would reopen their respective diplomatic missions by May 9, as scheduled in the China-brokered agreement.


“According to the agreement, it was scheduled that the two sides would reopen their embassies and consulates within two months from the first meeting, by May 9,” said Kanaani, according to state news agency IRNA.

“Political relations between the two countries have been established directly, and we can say that they have been activated,” added Kanaani.

“We do not have any unclear issues or obstacles in this direction, especially since the Hajj season is ahead of us,” he also stated.


Alireza Enayati, director for Persian Gulf affairs at the Iranian Foreign Ministry, confirmed to IRNA that Tehran and Riyadh are set to reopen embassies.

Enayati said a Saudi technical delegation visited Iran last week and inspected their country’s embassy in Tehran before heading to Mashhad to inspect the Saudi consulate there. Their visit came after two delegations from Iran visited Saudi Arabia.

The Iranian diplomat said that another Saudi delegation is scheduled to visit Tehran in the coming days to take the process of reopening diplomatic missions forward.

The Iranian delegation that visited Riyadh recently, he said, met with the Saudi deputy foreign minister, describing their meeting as “good and constructive.”


Enayati said the two countries are looking to open the embassies and consulates before the Hajj pilgrimage starts to help facilitate the affairs of Iranian pilgrims.

He also informed about another meeting between Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan in the coming days, saying the meeting is on the agenda before the diplomatic missions are reopened.


  • Asharq Al-Awsat