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Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian left for Riyadh on Monday, state news agency IRNA reported, in the first visit to Saudi Arabia by a senior government official since Iran's political landscape shifted in 2013.
IRNA said Abdollahian is scheduled to meet Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal on issues concerning the two countries, in the first such visit since the election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in 2013.
A spokesman for Saudi Arabia's Foreign Ministry was not immediately available to comment.
One of Rouhani's first official comments after being elected was a pledge to improve ties with the Islamic republic's Gulf Arab neighbours, but mutual suspicion has persisted.
In May, Prince Saud said he had already invited Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to visit the kingdom for talks, but Iran later said the invitation was only to participate in a wider meeting and that he could not attend.Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Ağustos 2014, 11:56