TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said Iranian and Saudi delegations are planned to pay reciprocal visits to their diplomatic buildings in the other country.
“A Saudi delegation will come (to Iran) just to visit (their) diplomatic buildings because the buildings have been empty since the two countries severed ties,” Qassemi said on Sunday.
“Meanwhile, we will also visit our buildings in Saudi Arabia,” he said, adding that it will be based on a bilateral agreement between Tehran and Riyadh.
The Iranian spokesman further dismissed as “baseless and wrong” some media reports that said the Saudi delegation will arrive in Iran to hold talks about receiving compensation from Tehran.
Relations between Tehran and Riyadh have strained over the past years after their conflicting views on regional developments, particularly on Yemen and Syria, became more noticeable.
The relations further deteriorated after a crush of pilgrims in Mina, near Saudi Arabia’s Mecca, in September 2015, which killed over 7,000 Hajj pilgrims, including 465 Iranians.
Tehran has blamed the deaths on the Al Saud’s mismanagement of the Hajj pilgrimage and criticized Riyadh for “lack of cooperation” on restoring the rights of families of the victims.