Iran-Saudi Arabia: Ibrahim Raisi made a big bet as soon as he became the new President of Iran, will send ambassador back to Saudi Arabia
Iran Will Send Ambassador to Saudi Arabia: Changes have started to be seen as soon as the new government is formed in Iran. Here the hardline judiciary chief Ibrahim Raisi has won by securing more than 62 percent of the vote. With his victory, it was believed that now the bitterness between Iran and Saudi Arabia will increase. However, with Raisi's new bets, it seems that he wants to improve relations with Saudi. On Sunday, Iran has announced that it will once again send its ambassador to Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia has not said anything on this yet. Iran is a Shia country, while Saudi Arabia is a Sunni country. There is a conflict between the two on many issues. Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, while giving a speech at a diplomatic forum, has said that Tehran is ready to send its ambassador to Saudi Arabia the next day (Iran Saudi Arabia Conflict). He said that Iran also needs Saudi Arabia's approval for this. Iran's foreign minister said that he is confident that the restoration of relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia is possible.
Iran will strengthen ties with neighbors
Zarif said Iran held three rounds of talks with Saudi Arabia in Iraq's capital Baghdad. After which the decision has been taken regarding the ambassador. However, this decision becomes even more important as soon as Ibrahim Raisi becomes the President. After the announcement of Raisi's new president, Zarif said that Iran will strengthen ties with its neighbors (Iran Saudi Arabia Dispute Reason). The foreign minister assured that Iran's foreign policy of reconciliation with regional powers would remain the same despite the arrival of a new president. Relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia have been strained for a long time. Saudi Arabia claims to be the leader of the Sunni Muslims of the world. On the other hand, Iran calls itself the messiah of Shia Muslims.
Ambassadors recalled in 2016
This is the reason that there is still a conflict between the two countries. In 2016, Saudi Arabia arrested and killed Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr for alleged attempts to illegally interfere in internal affairs. Then there were protests against Saudi in Iran. An angry mob attacked the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and set it on fire (Iran Saudi Arabia Ambassador Issue). In return, Saudi summoned Iranian officials, accusing them of negligence in security. Then Saudi Arabia closed its embassy in Tehran. Tehran also took the same step and withdrew its ambassador.