Reactions to Iran and Saudi Arabia resuming ties – Quotes – Middle East Monitor
Here are some key takeaways and reactions after Iran and Saudi Arabia agreed Friday to restore relations in a deal announced after four days of previously undisclosed talks in Beijing.
Statement issued by Iran, Saudi Arabia and China
Tehran and Riyadh agreed to “resume diplomatic relations between them and reopen their embassies and missions within a period not exceeding two months”.
“The agreement includes their declaration of respect for the sovereignty of states and non-interference in internal affairs,” the statement said.
Saudi National Security Adviser, Musaad Bin Mohammed Al-Aiban
“The leadership of the Kingdom welcomes the initiative of His Excellency, President Xi Jinping, which is based on the consistent and continuous approach of the Kingdom since its establishment in adhering to the principles of good neighborliness, embracing everything that would contribute to security and stability in the region and in the world, and to adopt the principle of dialogue and diplomacy to resolve differences.”
“Although we respect what we have achieved, we hope to continue the constructive dialogue, in accordance with the pillars and foundations included in the agreement, expressing our gratitude for a continued positive role People’s Republic of China in this respect.”
Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hossein Amirabdollahian
“The neighborhood policy, as the main axis of the Iranian government’s foreign policy, is moving strongly in the right direction and the diplomatic apparatus is actively behind the preparation of more regional steps.”
China’s top diplomat, Wang Yi
“This is a victory for dialogue, a victory for peace, which offers great good news in a time of great turmoil around the world.”
China will continue to play a constructive role in handling hotspot issues around the world and shows its responsibility as a great nation, Wang said. “The world is not limited to the issue of Ukraine only,” he said.
US President, Joe Biden
“The relationship between Israel and its Arab neighbors is better for everyone,” he said after reporters asked him about the Iran-Saudi deal.
White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby
“In general, we welcome any efforts to help end the war in Yemen and de-escalate tensions in the Middle East region. De-escalation and diplomacy along with deterrence are the main pillars of the policy laid out by the President Biden out during his visit to the region last year,” said Kirby.
“The Saudis kept us informed of these talks they were having, just as we keep them informed of our commitments, but we were not directly involved.”
UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres welcomed the deal and praised China, Oman and Iraq for promoting the talks.
“Good neighborly relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia are essential for the stability of the Gulf region,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.
“The Secretary General reiterates his readiness to use his good offices to further promote regional dialogue to ensure lasting peace and security in the Gulf region,” he said.
Chief Negotiator of Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi Movement, Mohammed Abdulsalam
“The region needs to resume normal relations between its countries so that the Islamic nation can reclaim its lost security as a result of foreign interference.”
The Lebanese leader’s powerful armed group said the resumption of ties between its backer, Iran, and its long-time rival, Saudi Arabia, was a “good development”.
Oman’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Badr Albusaidi
“This is a win-win for everyone and will benefit regional and global security. We hope that, in the long term, there will also be the potential for increased economic benefits for all.”
Anwar Gargash, Diplomatic Adviser to the President of the United Arab Emirates
“We welcome the agreement between Saudi Arabia and Iran to resume diplomatic relations, and we applaud China’s role in this,” he tweeted.
“The UAE believes in the importance of positive communication and dialogue among the countries of the region to consolidate the concepts of good neighborliness and start from common ground to build a more stable future for all.”
The Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, who also serves as Minister of Foreign Affairs, asked the foreign ministers of Iran and Saudi Arabia to welcome the deal.
Iraqi State News Agency
Iraq welcomes the “turning of a new page” between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
An agreement is expected to help ease tensions in the region.
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Political Scientist at Rice University’s Baker Institute in the United States
“Further regional instability is not in the interest of Saudi Arabia or Iran right now.”
“And for the Chinese to address this at a time when the US position towards Iran is becoming more hawkish sends a powerful signal in itself.”
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