Senior Saudi and Iranian officials have been holding talks to mend fences four years after the two regional rivals severed diplomatic links, the Financial Times said, citing three unnamed officials.
The meeting, held in Baghdad on April 9, included discussions regarding attacks by Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels and was deemed optimistic, according to one of the people. According to the paper, the Saudi delegation was led by intelligence chief Khalid bin Ali al-Humaidan, and another round of talks was scheduled for next week.
The talks are believed to be the first substantive diplomatic negotiations between the two countries since 2016, and come as US Vice President Joe Biden attempts to resurrect the nuclear deal Iran signed with world powers in 2015 and de-escalate regional tensions, according to the Financial Times.
A senior Saudi official denied the existence of any talks with Iran, while the Iraqi and Iranian governments remained silent. The FT was informed of the talks by a senior Iraqi official and a foreign diplomat.