Riyadh, 10 March 2023 (TDI): As a result of the initiative of Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, China has pledged its support for the establishment of cordial ties between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Moreover, based on the agreement President Xi Jinping reached with the Iranian and Saudi leadership, China agreed to host and support negotiations between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

This resulted from their shared desire to settle differences through dialogue & diplomacy as well as their close brotherly ties.

The two countries adhered to the guiding principles and objectives of the United Nations (UN) and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as well as international conventions and standards.

In this vein, talks between two delegations from two nations took place in Beijing from March 6–10, 2023.

The delegations from Saudi Arabia were led by Dr. Musaad bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers, and National Security Advisor.

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While the Iranian delegation was represented by His Excellency Admiral Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Furthermore, the Saudi and Iranian sides expressed their appreciation and gratitude to the Republic of Iraq and the Sultanate of Oman for hosting rounds of dialogue between the two sides in 2021-2022.

The two sides also expressed their appreciation and gratitude to China’s leadership and government for hosting and sponsoring the talks, as well as the efforts they made to ensure their success.

The three countries announced that an agreement has been reached between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which includes an agreement to resume diplomatic relations and reopen their embassies and missions within two months.

The agreement also includes affirmation from China and Saudi Arabia about respect for state sovereignty and non-interference in state internal affairs.

The parties also agreed that the Foreign Ministers of both countries would meet to put this into action, arrange for the return of their Ambassadors, and discuss ways to strengthen bilateral relations.

Likewise, it was also agreed that the Security Cooperation Agreement signed on 22/1/1422 (H), corresponding to 17/4/2001 will be carried out.

In addition, the General Agreement for Cooperation in the Fields of Economy, Trade, Investment, Technology, Science, Culture, Sports, and Youth signed on 2/2/1419 (H), corresponding to 27/5/1998 will be carried out.

Lastly, the three countries expressed their desire to make every effort to improve regional and international peace and security.