Iran, S. Arabia agree to resume ties, reopen embassies

TEHRAN, Mar. 10 (MNA) – Tehran and Riyadh officially announced their agreement on the resumption of bilateral relations on Friday, after days of negotiation between the Iranian and Saudi officials in China, Iran's security apparatus has said

Following the recent visit of the Iranian president Ebrahim Raeisi to Beijing and the talks he held with his Chinese counterpart there, Rear Admiral Shamkhani, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) held intensive negotiations with his Saudi Arabian counterpart in the Chinese capital between March 6-10 in order to finalize resolving the outstanding issues between Tehran and Riyadh.

At the end of these negotiations on March 10, 2023, a tripartite statement was issued in Beijing signed by Shamkhani, the National Security adviser, Minister of State and member of the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia Musaid Al Aiban, as well as the Director of the Office of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party Wang Yi.

According to the statement, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia agreed to resume diplomatic relations and reopen embassies within two months.

The foreign ministers of the two countries will hold a meeting to implement this decision and make the necessary arrangements for the exchange of ambassadors.

Emphasizing respect for the sovereignty of each other and non-interference in each other's internal affairs, the two countries also agreed on the implementation of the security cooperation agreement signed on April 1, 2001, as well as the general cooperation agreement signed on 5/27/1998.

The three countries of Iran, Saudi Arabia, and China also declared their firm willingness to use all efforts to strengthen regional and international peace and security.

Tehran and Riyadh also appreciated the efforts of Iraq, Oman, and China for hosting the talks between the two sides.

On Friday, Ali Shamkhani held a phone call with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia' Al-Sudani to thank Baghdad's efforts in hosting five rounds of talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

He also called the efforts made by Iraq very valuable in laying the ground for Tehran and Riyadh to reach a new agreement.

China, Iraq and Oman have said about the news of resoration of the Tehran-Riyadh ties that it will promot peace and secueity in the region.


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