Seven years later Iran reopens its embassy in Saudi Arabia

After being closed for seven years, the Iranian embassy in the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, reopened on Tuesday,Footage aired by al-Hadath TV, a sister channel of Al Arabiya, showed the Iranian flag being raised outside the embassy building in Riyadh, accompanied by the playing of the Iranian national anthem.

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Saudi Arabia Iran restore diplomatic relations

Following a deal between Saudi Arabia and Iran that was mediated by China and intended to reestablish diplomatic links between Tehran and Riyadh after a seven-year absence, the embassy was reopened in April,Following an assault by pro-regime protestors on its embassies in Tehran and Mashhad, Saudi Arabia suspended diplomatic ties with Iran in 2016.

Iran Appoints New Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Amidst Diplomatic Thaw

An experienced diplomat with a wealth of knowledge on Gulf issues, Alireza Enayati, was last month named as Tehran's next ambassador to Saudi Arabia, according to state-affiliated Iranian media. The alleged appointment has not yet been confirmed by the Iranian foreign ministry.

From 2014 until 2019, Enayati represented Tehran as ambassador to Kuwait. He served as the Iranian Foreign Ministry's director-general of Gulf relations before being appointed ambassador. According to the semi-official Fars news agency, he commenced playing this job in 2019 and has kept doing so ever since.

Saudi Arabia has not yet announced the name of its envoy to the Islamic Republic or the date when it will reopen its embassy in Tehran.

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