RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has invited Iran’s foreign minister to visit, Riyadh said yesterday, hinting at the possibility of a thaw between the two bitter rivals.
Iranian President Hassan Rowhani has adopted a conciliatory tone towards Tehran’s neighbours since taking office last year, but while Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has visited other Gulf Arab states, he has not yet been to Saudi Arabia.
Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal told a news conference that Zarif had been given an invitation to the kingdom but that despite Iran’s past declarations of a wish to improve ties, the visit had not transpired. “Any time that (Zarif) sees fit to come, we are willing to receive him. Iran is a neighbour, we have relations with them and we will negotiate with them, we will talk with them,” he said.