China pledges continued support for improved Iran-Saudi Arabia relations

China reiterated its commitment to fostering better relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Iran’s acting foreign minister to discuss regional stability and the importance of “lasting good neighbourliness and friendliness” in the Middle East.

China remains a key player in promoting improved relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia, according to a recent meeting between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Iranian Acting Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani. The meeting took place on June 11, 2024, in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

The discussion focused on regional security and the ongoing efforts to foster better relations between the two Middle Eastern nations. China expressed continued support for this process, aiming for “lasting good neighbourliness and friendliness” in the region.

This development follows a significant breakthrough in 2023, where China played a crucial role in mediating a deal that saw a resumption of diplomatic ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia. This historic agreement marked a turning point after years of tension between the two countries.

While the specific details of the recent meeting remain undisclosed, it underscores China’s ongoing diplomatic efforts in the Middle East. China’s growing economic ties with both Iran and Saudi Arabia further incentivize its role as a mediator in regional disputes. A stable and peaceful Middle East is vital for China’s energy security and its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) project, which aims to connect China with trade partners across Eurasia and Africa.

Despite the progress made, significant challenges remain in achieving lasting peace in the region. Iran’s nuclear programme and ongoing conflicts in Yemen and Syria continue to be points of tension. However, China’s continued support for dialogue and diplomacy offers a glimmer of hope for a more stable future in the Middle East.