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Saudi ruler hopes for tangible talks with Iran


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz said Wednesday that his country hopes for tangible results from talks with neighboring Iran aimed at building trust.

“Iran is a neighboring country, and we hope that our initial talks with it will lead to tangible confidence-building results,” the Saudi ruler said during his video link address to the 76th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

In early May, Iraqi President Barham Salih announced that his country had hosted more than one round of talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

The two countries severed diplomatic ties in January 2016 following an attack on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran after Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr was executed by Saudi authorities.

Relations between the two rivals deteriorated further after Iran in September 2016 accused Saudi authorities of deliberately causing the deaths of around 400 Iranian pilgrims in a 2015 stampede in the Muslim holy city of Mecca.

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