|Wang Yi Chairs Closing Meeting of Talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran in Beijing|
On March 10, 2023, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Wang Yi chaired the closing meeting of the talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran in Beijing. Minister of State and National Security Advisor Dr. Musaad bin Mohammed Al-Aiban of Saudi Arabia and Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Admiral Ali Shamkhani of Iran were present.
Wang Yi congratulated Saudi Arabia and Iran on taking a historic step and making great achievements in improving bilateral relations. He said that the two sides have reached common understandings on resolving their respective concerns and identified roadmaps and timetables, thus laying a solid foundation for follow-up actions of both sides. The talks in Beijing have turned a new page in Saudi Arabia-Iran relations. China supports both sides in making firm strides as agreed in the agreement to create a bright future with patience and wisdom. As a reliable friend of the two countries, China will continue its constructive role.
Wang Yi said that the improvement of relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran has paved the way for realizing peace and stability in the Middle East and set a fine example for resolving problems and disagreements between countries through dialogue and consultation. China supports countries in the Middle East in upholding strategic autonomy, strengthening solidarity and cooperation, getting rid of external interference, and really holding the future of the Middle East in their own hands. Noting that Saudi Arabia and Iran stressed their commitment to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, Wang Yi said that the moves conform to the trend of the times and exhibit a strong sense of responsibility. China supports all developing countries in strengthening solidarity and cooperation and safeguarding common interests. China advocates seeking political settlements of all problems and disagreements through dialogue, to maintain world peace and stability.
On behalf of their own heads of state, Al-Aiban and Shamkhaniextended congratulations on President Xi Jinping's re-election. They spoke highly of China's fruitful major-country diplomacy, thanked China for hosting, supporting and contributing to the success of the talks, and expressed readiness to continue constructive dialogues, follow through on the existing common understandings,and improve their bilateral relations. They stressed that the two countries will abide by the principle of sovereignty and non-interference in each other's internal affairs, strengthen good-neighborliness and friendship, and jointly maintain enduring stability and security in the region.
Saudi Arabia and Iran reached the Beijing agreement on the day. China, Saudi Arabia and Iran signed and issued a joint statement as well announcing that Saudi Arabia and Iran agreed to resume diplomatic relationship. The three parties also stressed that they will make joint efforts to safeguard the basic norms governing international relations and promote international and regional peace and security.
With the support of China, Saudi Arabia and Iran held talks in Beijing from March 6 to 10.