The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Iran have agreed to resume diplomatic relations and reopen the embassies of the two countries, according to a joint statement issued in Beijing, carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, Friday.
The statement stated that Saudi Arabia and Iran agreed to respect states’ sovereignty, not interfere in their internal affairs, and activate the security cooperation agreement signed between them in 2001.
Resumption of diplomatic relations
The Saudi Press Agency reported that the joint statement between Saudi Arabia, Iran, and China announced that an agreement had been reached, including the resumption of diplomatic relations between Tehran and Riyadh and the reopening of their embassies and representations within a maximum period of two months.
A joint statement between Saudi Arabia, Iran, and China said that the agreement, which was reached in Beijing, includes the Saudi and Iranian foreign ministers holding a meeting to activate these steps, arrange the exchange of ambassadors, and discuss ways to strengthen relations between them.
Activating general agreement for cooperation
The tripartite statement, published by the Saudi Press Agency, added that Tehran and Riyadh also agreed to activate the general agreement for cooperation in economy, trade, investment, technology, science, culture, sports, and youth signed in 1998.
The joint statement stated that the agreement included Saudi Arabia and Iran’s affirmation of “respecting the sovereignty of states and not interfering in their internal affairs.”
Promoting peace & security
According to the joint statement, the three countries were keen to make every effort to promote “regional and international peace and security.”
The statement stated that from March 6 to 10, 2023, discussions took place in Beijing between the delegations of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
It was headed by Dr. Musaed bin Muhammad Al-Aiban, Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers, National Security Adviser in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Admiral Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of the Supreme Council for national security in the Islamic Republic of Iran, in response to the generous initiative of Chinese President Xi Jinping to support China to develop good-neighborly relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
That China hosted and sponsor the talks between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran, desiring to resolve the differences between them through dialogue and diplomacy within the framework of the fraternal ties that bring them together, and their commitment to the principles and purposes of the charters of the UN and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and international conventions and norms.
The two sides also expressed their appreciation and thanks to the leadership and government of the People’s Republic of China for hosting and sponsoring the talks and for their efforts to make them a success.