Bahrain, Iran to discuss renewing diplomatic ties after severing them in 2016 – Iranian media

Iran and Bahrain have agreed to talk about how they might resume bilateral relations after nearly eight years, Iranian media reports.

The report by state-run IRNA news agency says Iran’s acting foreign minister Ali Bagheri Kani and his Bahraini counterpart Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani spoke on the sidelines of the ongoing Asian Cooperation Dialogue in Tehran.

The report says both sides agreed on creating the framework to start talks on the requirements for resuming diplomatic relations.

This is al-Zayani’s second visit to Tehran in a month. The first came during the memorial for president Ebrahim Raisi, who died in a helicopter crash in May.

Bahrain cut its diplomatic relations with Iran after Saudi Arabia did so, following Riyadh’s execution of an opposition Shiite cleric and attacks on Saudi diplomatic posts in Iran in 2016. Iran and Saudi Arabia resumed their diplomatic relations in 2023.

Bahrain has had diplomatic ties with Israel, Iran’s arch-foe, since September 2020.

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