[size=36]Between denial and confirmation... Who are the Saudi and Iranian officials who negotiated in Baghdad?[/size]
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Iranian media revealed today, Wednesday, the fact that the Secretary of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, met with Saudi officials in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
And the Iranian "Noor News" website quoted an informed source in the General Secretariat of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council, as saying that "there is no truth to the news of the meeting of the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, Ali Shamkhani, with Saudi officials."
The source confirmed that "there is no program for a meeting between Shamkhani and Saudi officials," denying "what was reported by the media about Shamkhani's meeting with Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir in Baghdad."
In addition, "AFP" reported that after a series of meetings in recent months between the two regional powers, Tehran and Riyadh held a new round of talks in Baghdad, according to what three Iraqi sources said Wednesday, the first since the hardline conservative Ibrahim Raisi took office in Iran.
Last week, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh revealed that the talks had made "serious progress" on Gulf security.
In the first meeting since Ibrahim Raisi assumed the presidency in Iran, well-informed Iraqi sources revealed on Wednesday that a new round of Saudi-Iranian talks was held in Baghdad after a series of meetings that took place in recent months between the two regional powers.
Saudi and Iranian officials have held several rounds of talks over the past months in the Iraqi capital, which were revealed for the first time last April during the presidency of Hassan Rouhani, and they have made "serious progress" on Gulf security, as revealed by Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh. last week.
An Iraqi source familiar with the file confirmed to the news agency, "An Iranian official met a Saudi official in Baghdad, within the framework of previous meetings that brought together the two countries," but did not specify the identity of the officials.
Also, a government source and another political source confirmed that the talks were held between the two parties during the past week, without further details about their content and the level of representation.
These talks are the most prominent contact between the two regional powers since Riyadh cut ties with Tehran in January 2016.
Iraqi President Barham Salih said in May that his country hosted talks between the two parties "more than once", while diplomatic sources later stated that these talks were supposed to continue.. Ended 29/A43