Today, Sunday, Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad commented on the ongoing direct talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Al-Miqdad said, in statements to Al-Watan newspaper, that “Syria is with any Arab dialogue with the Islamic Republic of Iran,” stressing that it listens and follows up on the sincere wishes of the various leaders in Iran to conduct a real, honest and useful dialogue with the Arab countries.
He stressed the importance of focusing on confronting the “main enemy,” saying: “The main enemy for us in Syria, these Arab countries, and the Islamic Republic of Iran is Israel. We must not depart from the main goal,” stressing that Syria is able to deal with all parties to put things right. .
Al-Miqdad expressed Syria’s support for dialogue between Iran and the Arab countries in the Gulf and beyond, without any external interference to prevent it, expressing Damascus’ readiness to play a helpful or facilitating role in any such dialogue.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirollahian announced his country’s readiness to normalize relations with Saudi Arabia. “We have announced Iran’s readiness to normalize relations between the two countries, but this depends on a decision by Saudi Arabia when it so desires,” he said.
For his part, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan confirmed that Riyadh held talks with Tehran last month, coinciding with continuing discussions aimed at easing tensions under the rule of Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi.
“These discussions are still in the exploratory stage and we hope that they will lay the basis for addressing the issues between the two sides,” he said during a joint press conference with the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, in Riyadh. “The fourth round of talks took place on September 21,” he said.
Saudi Arabia and Iran severed diplomatic relations in 2016, after Riyadh executed Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr on charges of terrorism, an incident that was followed by an attack by protesters on the Saudi embassy and consulate in Iran.