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China scores new diplomatic victory as Iran, Saudis push for reconciliation

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Taiwan’s president meets with Kevin McCarthy in California


BEIJING – Saudi Arabia and Iran agreed on Thursday to reopen diplomatic missions in their respective capitals and additional cities, Iran’s semi-official news agency reported. According to ISNA, the foreign ministers reached the agreement in Beijing. The agreement called on the countries to study the possibilities of resuming flights between the two countries and simplifying the visa process for citizens of both countries.

Saudi Arabia and Iran have long been regional rivals but have moved towards reconciliation as a part of it The deal was brokered by China last month. The deal represents a new step toward reconciliation after seven years of tensions and reduces the potential for armed conflict between the Middle East rivals — both direct and proxy conflicts around the region.

The deal brokered by Beijing represents a major diplomatic victory for the Chinese as Gulf Arab states realize the US is gradually withdrawing from the Middle East. China’s victory comes amid increasingly tense relations with the US over Taiwan’s status.

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In this photo released by Iran’s Foreign Ministry, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, left, shakes hands with his Saudi Arabian counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, right, and Chinese counterpart Qin Gang, in Beijing, April 6, 2023.

Iranian Foreign Ministry via AP

The leader of the democratically governed island Seen Wednesday in California With House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and other US lawmakers. China claims Taiwan as its own territory, “reunifying” it with the mainland by force if necessary, and was Oath “Determination Countermeasures” Meeting in California. China’s military sent warships into waters around Taiwan as Iran announced new diplomatic moves in Beijing on Thursday.

Advancing diplomacy in Beijing comes amid ongoing efforts by diplomats To end years of war in YemenA conflict where both Iran and Saudi Arabia are deeply intertwined.

On Thursday morning, Saudi Arabia’s state-run Al-Ekhbariya TV showed Crown Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud and his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amirabdullahian shaking hands and sitting side by side. Iranian state TV said the two ministers had met to discuss the details of reopening the embassy.

It was the first official meeting of senior diplomats from the two countries since 2016, when the kingdom severed ties with Iran after protesters attacked the Saudi diplomatic post there. Saudi Arabia executed 46 prominent Shia clerics days before the protests erupted.


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