Baghdad, Russia confirmed that it would welcome any rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Iran, considering that this process would positively affect the security situation in the Middle East region.
The Senior Advisor in the Foreign Policy Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Khudenskaya-Gulenisheva (according to Russia Today TV), said today, Monday: We will welcome any rapprochement between Iran and Saudi Arabia, just as we welcomed the end of the family dispute between Qatar and the Arab Quartet (Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt).
Commenting on reports about direct Saudi-Iranian talks in Baghdad, Khudinskaya-Gulenisheva added: This matter will lead to good repercussions in Syria, Libya and Yemen in particular.
The Russian official added: This will positively affect the situation in the security field in the region, and will also give additional opportunities to pass our concept (about establishing security in the Gulf region).
Western media quoted multiple sources as saying that on April 9th, Baghdad hosted a first round of direct talks between delegations from Saudi Arabia and Iran, which dealt with the situation in Yemen and Lebanon.
An Iraqi government official confirmed to AFP that the talks took place between a Saudi delegation headed by the head of intelligence, Khaled bin Ali Al-Humaidan, and an Iranian delegation headed by officials authorized by the Secretary-General of the Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani.
Source: National Iraqi News Agency