Mon. Dec 4th, 2023

The Iranian foreign ministry has announced that Iran and Djibouti have decided to restore ties after seven years, following a meeting between their foreign ministers in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session.

Djibouti, along with some other Muslim countries, joined Saudi Arabia in cutting diplomatic relations with Iran in response to the storming of the Saudi embassy in Tehran by Iranians protesters in 2016 – following the execution of top Saudi Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.

“The two governments have agreed to further develop friendly relations between the two countries on the basis of mutual respect for sovereignty, equality, mutual benefit, and peaceful co-existence,” read part of a statement published by Iran on Thursday.

It added that the two countries have agreed to strengthen co-operation on a “wide range of areas including investment, trade, science, and technological innovation”.

Saudi Arabia restored diplomatic ties with Iran earlier this year – a move which appears to have paved the way for Iran to mend relations with some Saudi allies, including Egypt.

By Joy

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