Saudi Arabia & Iran commit to fully implement Beijing Agreement

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Saudi & Iran implement Beijing agreement
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Saudi Arabia and Iran have reaffirmed their full commitment to implementing the Beijing Agreement, which was reached between the two countries last March under the auspices of China.

The first meeting of the Saudi-Chinese-Iranian Tripartite Committee was organized in Beijing. The meeting was held to follow up on the Beijing Agreement, under the chairmanship of Mr. Deng Li, the Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister. The Saudi delegation was led by Mr. Waleed Al-Khereiji, Deputy Foreign Minister, and the Iranian delegation by Dr. Ali Bagheri Kani, Deputy Foreign Minister.

The meeting reviewed the positive outcomes in the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Iran in light of the Beijing Agreement, which was brokered by China last March. This included reopening embassies in Riyadh and Tehran, and the reciprocal visits and meetings of the two countries’ foreign ministers. Both Saudi Arabia and Iran expressed appreciation for China’s significant role in this process and hosting the meeting.

The Chinese side confirmed its readiness to continue playing a constructive role and supporting Saudi and Iranian efforts to further enhance relations.

The three parties discussed various aspects of tripartite cooperation. They also expressed concern about the ongoing situation in the Gaza Strip as a threat to regional and international peace and security, emphasizing the need for an immediate cessation of military operations in Gaza, sustainable relief for civilians, and opposing the forced displacement of Palestinians.

They agreed that any arrangement regarding the future of Palestine must reflect the will of the Palestinian people, supporting their right to establish their own state and determine their destiny.

The participants agreed to continue the meetings of the tripartite committee, with the next meeting scheduled for June 2024 in Saudi Arabia, following a gracious invitation from the Kingdom.

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