Saudi Arabia plans for fresh round of talks with Iran, says foreign minister

Munich Security Conference, in Munich
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud arrives for a meeting with the Foreign Ministers of the G7 Nations at the Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, Germany, February 19, 2022. Ina Fassbender/Pool via REUTERS

February 19, 2022

(Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Saturday the kingdom was looking to schedule a fifth round of direct talks with Iran despite a “lack of substantive progress” in previous rounds.

Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, speaking at the Munich Security Conference, also voiced hope there was a serious desire by Iran to find a “new modus operandi” in the region.

Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shi’ite Iran are locked in several proxy conflicts around the region, including in Yemen.

(Reporting by Ghaida Ghantous; Editing by Mark Potter)

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