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October 10, 2023 2:53 PM IST

Iran, Sudan normalize ties after 7 years of estrangement

Sudan | Iran | diplomatic ties | Tehran | Saudi Arabia

Iran and Sudan have agreed to resume their diplomatic relations after seven years of estrangement, a joint statement released by the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on October 9.

According to the statement, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Sudan have decided to resume their diplomatic relations following contacts between their high-ranking officials in recent months and in line with their national interests.

The statement said the two sides agreed to expand joint cooperation in various fields in a manner that would serve the interests of the two countries’ people and ensure the security and stability of the region.

Iran and Sudan also agreed to take the necessary measures for the reopening of their embassies soon and make arrangements for exchanging official delegations to discuss means of developing bilateral cooperation, according to the statement.

Sudan severed diplomatic ties with Iran in 2016 following Saudi Arabia’s move to cut ties with Tehran in the same year after the kingdom’s embassy in Tehran was attacked. The storming of the Saudi Arabian embassy happened after the kingdom executed a Shiite cleric.

In March this year, Saudi Arabia and Iran agreed to resume diplomatic relations under China’s mediation.

(Inputs from Reuters)

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