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China’s role in the reconciliation of Iran and Saudi Arabia

Diplomatic relations were disrupted in 2016 after Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Tehran was attacked
Representatives of Iran and Saudi Arabia are pictured with a Chinese diplomat (center) during a meeting

Representatives of Iran and Saudi Arabia are pictured with a Chinese diplomat (center) during a meeting. (Photo: La Civilta Cattolica)

Published: May 31, 2023 07:56 AM GMT
Updated: May 31, 2023 07:56 AM GMT

In Beijing on March 10, 2023, representatives of Iran and Saudi Arabia signed an agreement in which they pledged to restore diplomatic relations within two months. These had been disrupted in 2016 after Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Tehran was attacked following the execution of Shiite cleric, Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, in Saudi Arabia.

The full import of this event becomes clear when one considers what happened just under five years ago, on September 22, 2018, and soon after. A military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz had been attacked that day, leaving 25 people killed and many more injured. Iran’s leader, Ali Khamenei, had reacted by linking the attack to “plots by U.S. vassal states in the region” and General Hossein Salami, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary National Guard, had promised devastating revenge.

Read the complete feature here.

This article is brought to you by UCA News in association with La Civilta Cattolica. 

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