(TheRedWire.com) – On Friday Iran and Saudi Arabia reached an agreement that will allow the two countries to reestablish their relationship after seven years. However, the deal which was brokered by China has led to many concerns about the role of the U.S. in the Middle East.
The diplomatic agreement was reached after four days of negotiations and discussions with senior security officials in Beijing. There are hopes that this agreement is going to help ease tension in the Middle East, especially in places like war-torn Yemen. The two countries have been supporting opposing sides in the civil war in Yemen, with Saudi Arabia backing Yemen’s government, and Iran backing the Houthis opposition.
As part of their renewed diplomatic relations, embassies for the two countries will be re-established in the other nation within the next two months.
Alex Vatanka, the director of the Iran Program at the Middle East Institute, stated that while this is an important agreement it is unclear whether the agreement is going to lead to any “meaningful dialogue” and the end of violence.
Saudi Arabia, a dominant Sunni Muslim country, first cut ties with Iran, a Shiite Muslim country, in 2016 after protestors attacked the Saudi Arabian embassy in Iran following the execution of a Shiite Muslim cleric and several other prisoners.
China’s top diplomat Wang Yi touted the success of the agreement stating it was a “victory” and noted further that the country would continue to assist in global issues. This agreement severely undercuts the U.S. position in the Middle East which has already dwindled following the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
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