Iraq says preparing to host 'public' meeting between Iran, Saudi FMs
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Those encounters were held privately and at a low level, involving security and intelligence officials.
"I contacted the foreign minister of Iran about this," Hussein said in an interview with Kurdish television channel Rudaw.
His comments came days after Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian told Iranian state television that his country and Saudi Arabia are ready to move reconciliation talks to a higher level.
Amir Abdollahian said on Thursday that "progress" had been made at previous rounds of talks between security officials hosted by Iraq.
Riyadh severed ties with Tehran after Iranian protesters attacked Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran in 2016 following the Saudi execution of Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr.
Amir-Abdollahian said Thursday he hoped new negotiations will lead to the resumption of "normal diplomatic ties".