(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
Kuwait has appointed an ambassador to Iran, both countries said
on Sunday, more than six years after recalling its top envoy to
Tehran in 2016, Trend reports citing Al
Ambassador Bader Abdullah al-Munaikh handed his credentials to
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian in Tehran on
Saturday, Iran's foreign ministry said on its website. Kuwait's
foreign ministry confirmed Munaikh was appointed envoy to Iran.
Iran already has an ambassador in Kuwait.
The move comes as Saudi Arabia works to improve ties with Iran,
with which it has been locked in a rivalry that has played out
across conflicts in the region.
Riyadh broke off ties with Tehran in January 2016 after Iranian
protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Iran after Saudi Arabia
executed a prominent Shia cleric.
Kuwait recalled its envoy to Iran as other Gulf Arab states
downgraded ties to rally behind Riyadh. Kuwait has maintained
relatively good relations with Tehran under a foreign policy
balancing ties with its larger neighbors.
The United Arab Emirates is working to send an ambassador to
Iran as it seeks to rebuild bridges following years of tensions, a
senior Emirati official said last month.
Saudi Arabia launched direct talks with Iran last year. The
Kingdom's foreign minister has said there has been some progress in
five rounds of Iraq-mediated discussions, but“not enough.”
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