Iran and Saudi Arabia have agreed to restore diplomatic relations that were broken in early 2016.
Embassies will be reopened in Tehran and Riyadh within two months. The countries agreed to respect state sovereignty and not interfere in each other’s internal affairs. A security cooperation agreement from 2001 will be reactivated.
The accord was announced in talks in Beijing, brokered by China’s top diplomat Wang Yi.. Iran is represented by Ali Shamkhani, the Secretary of the National Security Council.
#Iran & #SaudiArabia have agreed to resume bilateral ties within 2 months, & FMs will meet to prepare for the exchange of ambassadors, said a tripartite statement of Iran-Saudi Arabia-China following days of negotiations between SNSC secretary & his Saudi counterpart in Beijing. https://t.co/bbozZoUO6A pic.twitter.com/llZHthjmFE
— Abas Aslani (@AbasAslani) March 10, 2023
Iran and Saudi Arabia have been long-standing rivals in the Middle East. Tensions worsened in September 2015 when 464 Iranians were among more than 2,000 killed in a stampede in Mecca, and two months later with the Saudi execution of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
Days later, a crowd attacked and set fire to the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, prompting Riyadh to break relations.
“The countries agreed to respect state sovereignty and not interfere in each other’s internal affairs. A security cooperation agreement from 2001 will be reactivated….”
iri will not be iri without the thuggery.
Raisi promised to improve relations with regional countries. That is a huge achievement for his adminstration. Previous governments focused on relations with the West, with Latin America, Russia and Africa but less so with US allies in the region. The rial is rising right now: https://www.bonbast.com/
This comes as Iran restored relations with the UAE last year and there is a pending prisoner exchange planned with Belgium and possibly the United States also.
Excellent! The next step is to “restore relations ” with people of iran by getting lost, as the have stated it for years and have been killed for in thousands.
Rial surges to less than 450,000 to the USD: https://www.bonbast.com/
Rial continues to recover: https://www.bonbast.com/
The new currency and gold exchange appears to be working.
Iran, US reach initial agreement for prisoner exchange (US denies): https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2023/03/12/699737/Iran-US–Amir-Abdollahian-prisoner-exchange-swap-JCPOA
““We reached an agreement in recent days on the issue of prisoner swap,” Amir-Abdollahian said on Sunday, adding that if everything goes well by the American side, the exchange would take place soon………..discussions about restoring the JCPOA, however, have been at a standstill since August 2022 due to Washington’s insistence on not lifting all of the anti-Iran sanctions and offering the necessary guarantees that it will not exit the agreement again.”
[Editor’s Note: The account is in the Hezbollah outlet al-Mayadeen. Readers can judge for themselves the real reason why commenter’s offer of “expert testimony” was not accepted by defendant’s lawyers]
Update on the appeal process for Hamid Nouri: https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/hamid-nouri-slams-swedish-sham-court-of-appeal-calls-it-unju
“Nouri’s son recounted the problems his father faced while trying to defend himself during his trial, including the fact that he was not able to have a lawyer of his choosing and was constantly interrupted and given much less time to defend himself against the accusations. We even had witnesses who wanted to come to the court and testify, but neither the public defenders allowed them to come nor the Swedish judicial system accepted the request….he said that the MKO faction’s propaganda offensive, which began after his father’s incarceration, scared many witnesses away from the case, revealing that “we talked to more than ten lawyers, many of whom were later threatened by the MKO.”
I should point out that I personally contacted Nouri’s old lawyers to give expert testimony, but they said the court would not allow me to do so and could not guarantee my safety in Stockholm.