Saudi Arabia Confirms Talks With Iran, Plays Down Breakthrough

Saudi Arabia Confirms Talks With Iran, Plays Down Breakthrough

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Ministry says it is premature "to reach any definitive conclusions" about the talks.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet
  • 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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