Iran and Saudi Arabia agreed to restore their diplomatic relations after seven years

Saudi Arabian Prince Mohamed Bin Salman and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi

Iran and Saudi Arabia announced this Friday that they have reached a agreement to restore their diplomatic relationsbroken by Riyadh in 2016 after the attacks suffered in its diplomatic headquarters in the Persian country.

The agreement between the two powers Shia and Sunni of the Middle East has been closed in Chinawhere the two sides were holding negotiations with the support of Beijing, according to a joint statement by the three countries published by Iranian state media.

“The Islamic Republic of Tehran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have decided to resume their diplomatic relations and reopen their embassies in two months”, according to the statement.

Tehran and Riyadh have held talks in Beijing since Monday, led by the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhaniand the Saudi National Security Adviser, Musaid Al-Aibanaccording to the Iranian agency tasnim.

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The flags of Iran and Saudi Arabia

“Relations between Tehran and Riyadh will lead to the development of regional stability and security and will increase cooperation between the countries of the Persian Gulf and the Islamic world to face the existing challenges,” he said after the signing of the Shamkhani agreement, according to Iranian television. presstv.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hosein Amir Abdolahianand his Saudi counterpart, Faisal bin FarhanThey will hold a meeting in the coming days to discuss the reopening of their embassies and their ambassadors.

Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic relations with Tehran in 2016 after the attacks suffered in their diplomatic headquarters in the Persian country as a result of the execution in the Arab kingdom of a leading Shiite cleric.

In April 2021, secret talks between Tehran and Riyadh began in Baghdad, which were later made public. In addition, the two parties also maintained contacts in Oman, without any progress being announced.

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Middle East map. Keith Binns/Getty Images (Keith Binns/)

In mid-early 2022, Iran sent three diplomats to Saudi Arabia as representatives before the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in the first time in six years that Tehran had a presence in the rival country.

Iran and Saudi Arabia, considered the Shiite and Sunni powers of the Middle East, respectively, have been fighting for years over the regional hegemony and support rival factions in conflicts in the area.

Saudi Arabia has repeatedly accused Iran of promote terrorism in the region through the support of the Houthi rebels in Yemen or from the militias of the Lebanese group hezbollahas well as trying to destabilize the political regimes in the area.

(With information from EFE)

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