Iran said on March 10 it reached a deal with Saudi Arabia to resume diplomatic relations and reopen embassies in the two countries after years of tensions. The kingdom did not immediately acknowledge any agreement.
Iranian state television reported the deal, saying it came during a meeting in China. Chinese state media did not report on any such deal.
Nour News, which is linked to Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, posted images and video it described as being taken in China with the meeting. It showed Ali Shamkhani, the Council’s Secretary, with a Saudi official and a Chinese official that state TV named as Wang Yi.
“After implementing of the decision, the Foreign Ministers of the both nations will meet to prepare for exchange of Ambassadors,” Iranian state television said.
Saudi Arabian officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.
Tensions have been high between Iran and Saudi Arabia. The kingdom broke off ties with Iran in 2016 after protesters invaded Saudi diplomatic posts there. Saudi Arabia days earlier had executed a prominent Shiite cleric, triggering the demonstrations.