Source rejects any direct talks between Tehran, Riyadh

TEHRAN, Apr. 18 (MNA) – The news related to the direct talks between Tehran and Riadh is not true, an Iranian source told Al-Mayadin in reaction to a recent claim by the Financial Times.

An unnamed Iranian source told Al-Mayadin that the news over Iran-Saudi direct talks in Iraq is not true.

The source made the remarks in reaction to a claim by the Financial Times that senior Saudi and Iranian officials have been holding direct talks in a bid to repair relations four years after they cut off diplomatic ties.

The first round of Saudi-Iranian talks took place in Baghdad on April 9 and included discussions about the Houthi attacks and were positive, the FT claimed.

Hours later, Saudi Arabia's Arab News denied the news, saying that according to a senior Saudi official there have been no direct talks with Iran.

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