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US faces setback as Iran and Saudi Arabia restore ties

US faces setback as Iran and Saudi Arabia restore ties

In a surprising turn of events, Saudi Arabia and Iran have agreed to reopen their embassies making a major setback to the US divide-and-rule policy for the Middle East.

This marks a significant move in relations between the two regional rivals, which suspended diplomatic ties in 2016 after a series of conflicts.

The deal was brokered by China, which hosted talks between the two countries in March 2023 and announced their agreement to restore diplomatic relations. China in the Middle East hailed this peace deal that is a “major diplomatic victory” and a “wisdom” of the two countries.

The reopening of the embassies is expected to pave the way for more dialogue and cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Iran, who have been at odds over various issues such as the nuclear deal, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, and Bahrain.

The restoration of diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran could significantly impact the stability and security of the Middle East, as well as the interests of other regional and global powers.

The United States, which has been an ally of Saudi Arabia and an adversary of Iran faced a major setback and always has a divide-and-rule policy in the Middle East. The US implements its Middle East policy via Israel on the Arab nations. After this historic event, Israel’s approach towards the Middle East may face a sharp decline and the aggressive approach of Israel may be backfired.

The reopening of the embassies is seen as a first step towards rebuilding trust and confidence between Saudi Arabia and Iran, who share a long history of cultural and religious ties. The deal could open new opportunities for trade, investment, tourism, and cultural exchange between the two countries.

The restoration of ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia is a way forward towards a major unity among the Muslims and Arab countries around the world. China moves forward to take this major initiative to diffuse this tension amicably.

Malik Ayub Sumbal is an Award-Winning journalist, Geopolitical Analyst, Commentator & Moderator. He is the author of his newly published book Tovuz to Karabakh, A Comprehensive Analysis of War in South-Caucasus. He tweet @ayubsumbal