After a seven-year hiatus in bilateral relations, Iran has named an envoy to regional rival Saudi Arabia, state media confirmed Wednesday.
The brand new envoy, Alireza Enayati, beforehand served as Iran’s ambassador to Kuwait, assistant to the international minister and director-general of Gulf affairs on the Overseas Ministry, the English-language Iran Day by day mentioned.
There was no instant affirmation of his appointment from the Overseas Ministry of the Islamic Republic.
After years of discord, the Center East heavyweights signed a shock reconciliation settlement in China on March 10.
Saudi Arabia had severed relations with Iran in 2016, after its embassy in Tehran and consulate within the second metropolis of Mashhad have been attacked throughout protests over the dominion’s execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr.
The 2 governments held a number of rounds of dialogue in Iraq and Oman earlier than signing the reconciliation settlement.
That they had backed opposing sides in battle zones throughout the Center East for years earlier than mending fences.
In Yemen, Saudi Arabia has led a army coalition in assist of the internationally acknowledged authorities whereas Iran backed the Houthi rebels who management the capital Sanaa and huge areas of the north.