Iran and Saudi Arabia could be on the verge of a rapprochement. Photo: Facebook
Asia Times: Iran, Saudi Arabia on the edge of rapprochement
Backchannel talks that began in April are now an open secret and poised to produce a symbolic breakthrough in the coming days
Iran and Saudi Arabia are inching towards a rapprochement that, if achieved, would profoundly shift the region’s dynamics, diplomacy and stability. Officials from both sides have recently hailed backchannel talks held first in Iraq and now in Oman as “constructive.”
In May, Iraqi President Barham Salih confirmed his country had been hosting quiet talks between the two often bitter rivals. The talks, which started in April, have recently been attended by high-profile delegates, including Saudi chief of General Intelligence Directorate Khalid al-Humaidan and Iranian Deputy Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Iravani.
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WNU Editor: There are still many differences between the two regional powers. The war in Yemen. Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The Syrian war. Just to name a few.