First Saudi-Iranian-Chinese Tripartite Meeting at Level of Deputy Foreign Ministers Concludes

The first meeting of the Saudi-Chinese-Iranian tripartite committee was held in Beijing, on Friday, December 15. During the meeting, the heads of the Saudi and Iranian delegations met with the Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee, Wang Yi.
The meeting, chaired by Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Deng Li, aimed to follow up on the Beijing Agreement. The Kingdom’s delegation was headed by Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Eng. Waleed bin Abdulkarim El-Khereiji, while Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Ali Bagheri Kani led the Iranian delegation.
The participants of the meeting discussed the positive results achieved in the relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran since the Beijing Agreement, which was reached between the two countries last March under the auspices of China. They also discussed the reopening of the two countries’ embassies in Riyadh and Tehran and the meetings and mutual visits of the foreign ministers of the two countries. Both Saudi Arabia and Iran expressed their appreciation for China’s vital role and hosting of the meeting. They also affirmed their total commitment to implementing the Beijing Agreement.
The Chinese side expressed its readiness to continue playing a constructive role and supporting the Saudi and Iranian sides in taking further steps towards strengthening their relations.
All three parties expressed their concern about the ongoing situation in the Gaza Strip, which poses a threat to regional and global security and peace. They urged an immediate stop to military operations in the Gaza Strip, the provision of sustainable relief to civilians, and expressed opposition to the forced displacement of Palestinians. They also stressed that any future arrangement about Palestine must embody the will of the Palestinian people and support their right to establish their state and self-determination.
The attendees confirmed that the tripartite committee would continue to meet. The next committee meeting is scheduled to be held in June 2024 in Saudi Arabia, in response to its invitation.


Source SPA