Saudi top diplomat visits Tehran for first time in years
24 June 2023 | 10:23 am
The Saudi and Iranian foreign ministers discussed regional security during their meeting in Tehran. The two long-term rivals restored diplomatic ties in March, following Beijing-brokered negotiations.
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