Official Iranian media report that the foreign ministers of Iran and Saudi Arabia held their first meeting since last year after the election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday.
According to information from the IRNA agency, the meeting took place in New York, United States.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Avad Javad Zarif, who spoke with his Saudi counterpart Prince Saud al Faisal, told Iranian media that a new chapter could be opened in the tense relationship between the two regional rivals.
In several conflicts, including those in Syria and Iraq, Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran have taken opposing sides, in a constant battle to increase their regional influence.
But now they have identified what appears to be a common enemy in the self-described Islamic State, posing a potential threat to both countries.