Saudi Arabia and Iran sign agreement to resume diplomatic relations and reopen embassies

BEIJING, March 11: As China, Saudi Arabia and Iran announced on Friday, the latter two have reached an agreement that includes agreeing to resume diplomatic relations and reopen embassies and missions within two months.

Musaad bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Minister of State of Saudi Arabia, Member of the Council of Ministers and National Security Adviser, led the Saudi delegation, and Admiral Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, led the Iranian delegation during talks in Beijing from March 6 to 10, according to a trilateral statement by China, Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Saudi Arabia and Iran held the talks to resolve their differences through dialogue and diplomatic means, abide by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and follow international norms and practices, in accordance with the joint declaration. statement.

Both Saudi Arabia and Iran expressed their appreciation and thanks to Iraq and Oman for organizing multiple rounds of dialogue between 2021 and 2022, and to Chinese leaders and the Chinese government for organizing, supporting and contributing to the success of the talks, the statement said. .

Saudi Arabia and Iran agreed to restore diplomatic relations and reopen their embassies and missions within a period not exceeding two months, and agreed to hold talks between foreign ministers to organize the exchange of ambassadors and explore ways to strengthen bilateral relations, said.

While congratulating the two sides for taking a historic step forward, Wang Yi, director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, said China supports the two sides in making progress. steadfast as agreed in trying to work for the common bright future with patience and wisdom.

“As a reliable friend of the two countries, China will continue to play a constructive role,” said Wang, also a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.

He said that the improvement of ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran has paved a path leading to regional peace and stability in the Middle East and set an example of resolving divergences and differences between countries through dialogue and cooperation. consultation.

Al-Aiban and Shamkhani expressed their willingness to continue constructive talks, fully implement their consensus and enhance good-neighborliness to jointly safeguard regional security.

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