Baghdad / NINA / - Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fouad Hussein, affirmed today, Thursday, Iraq's readiness to provide the necessary grounds for launching "political negotiations" between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

This came during a phone call between Hussein and his Iranian counterpart, Hussein Amir Abdollahian, during which he discussed bilateral relations between the two countries, and the latest developments in the regional arena, IRNA news agency quoted an Iranian Foreign Ministry statement as saying.

The Iranian Foreign Minister thanked the Iraqi authorities for their efforts in facilitating the affairs of Iranian pilgrims, and called on the Iraqi government to follow up on the remaining Hajj issues.

According to the statement, the Iraqi foreign minister affirmed the Iraqi government's readiness to "pave the groundwork for the start of political talks between Tehran and Riyadh in Baghdad," expressing his hope that "these talks will lead to positive developments and the resumption of relations between the two important countries in the region."

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

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