Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said on Saturday that his country’s talks with Iran will continue, and an additional round of negotiations is expected soon.
In an interview in English with the French channel “France 24”, Bin Farhan added that the previous four rounds of talks were merely “exploratory” and not substantive, but they confirmed the commitment of the two sides to communicate.
The Saudi minister added, “We have serious reservations about the Iranian nuclear negotiations, which are scheduled to resume in a few weeks.”
Last October, Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan revealed, in a press conference, that his country had held the fourth round of direct negotiations with Iran on September 21, and it is still in its “exploratory” stage.
It should be noted that relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia have been severed since the beginning of 2016.
In early November, the Iranian Foreign Ministry announced that talks on the nuclear deal would begin on November 29 in Vienna, Austria.
Six rounds of talks were held between Iran and the major international powers, in Vienna between April and June, in an attempt to revive the nuclear agreement, amid the stalled convening of a new round.
These negotiations, which were held under the auspices of the European Union, aim for the United States to return to the agreement that the administration of former President Donald Trump withdrew from in May 2018, and to push Iran to abide by its international commitments related to the nuclear program.