On Saturday night, the UAE and Saudi foreign ministers discussed bilateral cooperation and developments in the region, especially Riyadh's agreement to resume diplomatic relations with Tehran.

During the talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia in Beijing, the two countries agreed on Friday (March 11) to resume diplomatic relations after 7 years. 

According to the agreement of the two countries, the foreign ministers of Iran and Saudi Arabia will meet each other for a maximum of two months to pave the way for the exchange of ambassadors and the reopening of embassies, as well as other requirements for the resumption of relations.

On January 3, 2016, Saudi Arabia severed its diplomatic relations with Iran under the pretext of some people attacking the country's embassy and consulate in Tehran and Mashhad.

In a phone call with his Saudi counterpart Faisal bin Farhan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah bin Zayed, while welcoming the agreement between Riyadh and Tehran to resume diplomatic relations, emphasized the importance of this measure and its role in establishing stability in the region and responding to the nations' desire to reach development and prosperity.

Bin Zayed stated in this telephone conversation: "The UAE government believes in the importance of trying to consolidate the principles of neighborliness, supporting positive and fruitful dialogues between countries that will lead the region towards construction and development, and will strengthen the spirit of tolerance and peaceful coexistence between nations."

Earlier, Anwar Gargash, the UAE's Minister of International Affairs, had welcomed the agreement between Iran and Saudi Arabia to resume relations. 219