Iran is set to reopen its embassy in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday following a seven-year closure, Tehran and a diplomatic source said, sealing a Chinese-brokered rapprochement deal announced in March.

Iran PressIran News: Tehran's foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani announced the reopening in a statement on Monday, confirming earlier comments by a diplomatic source in Riyadh.

Iran's embassy in Riyadh, its consulate in Jeddah, and its representative office to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) "will be officially reopened on Tuesday and Wednesday", Kanani said.

The diplomatic source had earlier told AFP that the opening "will take place Tuesday at 6:00 pm local time (1500 GMT) in the presence of the newly appointed Iranian ambassador to Saudi Arabia."

Saudi Arabia has yet to confirm when it will reopen its embassy in Tehran or its pick for ambassador.

Iranian media named Alireza Enayati as the Islamic Republic's Saudi envoy last month.

The reconciliation between the two regional powerhouses came as a surprise when they signed an agreement in China on March 10, putting an end to years of discord.

Following the agreement, Saudi Arabia has also restored diplomatic ties with Syria and intensified efforts for peace in Yemen, where it has led a military coalition for years.


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