- Saudi Arabia's Foreign Ministry says it is premature "to reach any definitive conclusions" about the talks.
- Saudi Arabia's Foreign Ministry pumped the brakes on speculation over a potential breakthrough in its hostilities with Iran on Friday following reports that the rivals had held talks in Baghdad to ease tensions in the region.
- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the Biden administration did not directly encourage the talks but praised the development.
- The talks have reportedly centered around Yemen. Iran-backed Houthi rebels have continued to launch Iranian-supplied ballistic missiles and drones across the Saudi border to leverage a favorable outcome to the conflict.
- The two countries are also opposed on Syria, where President Bashar al-Assad has prevailed, with Iranian and Russian support, against a massive rebellion, some of which was financed by Riyadh.
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