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Iranian Diplomats Arrive in Saudi to Take up Organization of Islamic Cooperation Posts

Iranian Diplomats Arrive in Saudi to Take up Organization of Islamic Cooperation Posts

Tuesday, 18 January, 2022 - 06:30
Three Iranian diplomats have arrived in Saudi Arabia to take up posts at the headquarters of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Jeddah. (OIC)

Three Iranian diplomats have arrived in Saudi Arabia to take up posts at the headquarters of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Jeddah.


The diplomats had arrived in the Kingdom in the past two days.


Saudi Arabia and Iran had severed relations in 2016 after riots and attacks on the Kingdom's embassy in Tehran and consulate in Mashhad.


Informed sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that the diplomats were welcomed at King Abdulaziz Airport in Jeddah and accorded the same reception as any other OIC delegation.


The diplomats' duties will be limited to representing their country at OIC meetings, explained the sources.


The organization is holding several meetings in preparation for the OIC foreign ministers meeting that is set for Pakistan.


Even though ties have been severed, Saudi Arabia has always granted visas to Iranians wishing to carry out the annual Hajj pilgrimage.


They are treated the same as any pilgrims from any part of the world from the moment they arrive in the Kingdom to the moment they depart.


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