(MENAFN - Arab News) RIYADH: Iran's deputy foreign minister will visit #SaudiArabia
on Tuesday for the first bilateral talks media reported.
Both Riyadh and Tehran have welcomed this month's nomination of Haider Al-Abadi as prime minister-designate of #Iraq
which is battling militants of the Islamic State.
The deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian left Tehran on Monday Iran's IRNA news agency reported.
Riyadh officials were not available to comment but Al-Arabiya said the Iranian minister would arrive on Tuesday for talks.
IRNA said Abdollahian was scheduled to meet Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal to discuss bilateral issues in the first such visit since the election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in 2013.
One of Rouhani's first official comments after being elected was a pledge to improve ties with Gulf neighbors.
'It is very important for #Iran
to talk because they both play a role in the region' said Abdullah Al-Askar head of the foreign policy committee on Saudi Arabia's Shoura Council.
'But we have to talk to tell them frankly about our reservations about their meddling in #Syria
and elsewhere' he said.
Prince Saud said in May he had invited Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to visit the Kingdom for talks.
'The significance of Abdollahian's visit to #SaudiArabia
is that it coincides with efforts to form a new government in Iraq. It also coincides with Zarif's tour of #Iraq
his second since becoming foreign minister' said Mohammad Ali Shabani an #Iran
analyst based in Tehran.