Last week, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud and his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amirabdollahian, met in Beijing and agreed to follow up on arrangements to reopen their diplomatic missions in their respective countries, to encourage visits of official and private delegations and to facilitate visas for Iranian and Saudi citizen, the news site adds. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said Beijing is ready to support both sides in fostering good relations, urging the international community to help the Middle Eastern countries resolve their differences.
China brokered last month’s deal about reopening diplomatic missions. Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council and Saudi national security adviser Musaad bin Mohammed al-Aiban, signed an agreement in Beijing with Wang Yi, China’s most senior diplomat.
Saudi Arabia severed relations with Iran in January 2016, after its embassy in Tehran and consulate in the northwestern city of Mashhad were attacked by protesters demonstrating over Riyadh’s execution of Saudi opposition Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, The Times of Israel recalls.