In Beijing on Thursday, Saudi Arabia and Iran reached an agreement to resume flights, restore diplomatic ties, and resume private and state bilateral visits.
The announcement follows a deal brokered by China last month to reconcile relations between both sides and reopen embassies, which will now begin a two-month process of reopening embassies and consulates.
In addition, both countries will “facilitate” the issuing of visas for each other’s citizens. The Saudi Foreign Minister also invited his Iranian counterpart to visit the kingdom, while the Iranian Foreign Minister extended an invitation for the Saudi prince to visit Tehran.
The meeting was the first official meeting between Iran and Saudi Arabia’s senior foreign ministry officials since ties were severed seven years ago. The agreement to restore relations is expected to reduce the chance of armed conflict between the two countries and their proxies around the region.
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