Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —
Connection Saudi Arabia with Iran reportedly showing signs of getting along again.
The possibility of normalizing relations was conveyed after talks between the two countries initiated by the Saudi Crown Prince, Prince Mohamed bin Salman (MbS).
“They are neighbors, neighbors forever. We can’t get rid of them, and they can’t get rid of us either,” MbS said. AFP.
According to him, the talks are beneficial for the parties who meet to find a way out together.
“I hope we can get a good position for both countries for a bright future for this country and Iran,” Prince MBS said.
Saudi Arabia’s government has repeatedly said it will stick to the decades-old position of the Arab League not to establish formal relations with Israel until the conflict with the Palestinians is resolved.
Prince Mohammed, however, is seen as appearing more open than his father, King Salman. Because, he allowed Israeli commercial aircraft to pass through Saudi airspace.
Previously, Mohammed had referred to Israel as a “potential ally”. He saw the Jewish land not as an enemy.
Relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel have not been smooth sailing for years. However, with the discourse of normalizing relations between the two countries, tensions between each side are expected to subside.
In a transcript released by the Saudi Press Agency on Thursday (3/3), Prince Mohammed wants to open a more intense dialogue with Israel. However, the Saudis gave a condition that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must be ended.
“We don’t see Israel as an enemy. We see them as a potential ally with many interests that we can pursue together. But we have to resolve some issues before reaching that,” Prince MBS said.
Meanwhile, the Iranian Foreign Ministry on Saturday (5/83) conveyed the openness of Prince MBS’s statement about the relationship between the two countries as a symbol of peace.
“Saudi Arabia’s official stance shows a high desire to achieve bilateral relations with Iran, and we welcome that,” Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian told the IRNA News Agency.
Iran and Saudi Arabia have met four times since April 2021. They discussed the possibility of establishing diplomatic relations with Iraq as a mediator.
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