Iran and Saudi Arabia restore diplomatic relations


Ethan Han

Iran and Saudi Arabia have agreed to restore ties and reopen embassies in two months. This agreement was established today after meetings were held in Beijing, China.

The feud between Iran and Saudi Arabia arise mainly from religious differences in the past. In 2016, Saudi Arabia broke ties with Iran after Iranian protesters held diplomatic Saudi posts. According to the Iranian news agency IRNA, “As a result of the talks, Iran and Saudi Arabia agreed to resume diplomatic relations and re-open embassies … within two months.”

On social media platforms, images and videos show Ali Shamkhani (the council’s secretary), Musaad bin Mohammed al-Aiban (Saudi national security advisor), and Wang Yi (China’s most senior diplomat). “After implementing of the decision, the foreign ministers of both nations will meet to prepare for exchange of ambassadors,” said the Iranian state television. “Removing misunderstandings and the future-oriented views in relations between Tehran and Riyadh will definitely lead to improving regional stability and security, as well as increasing cooperation among Persian Gulf nations and the world of Islam for managing current challenges,” quoted Shamkhani.