China-brokered Iran-Saudi deal raises red flags for US

March 12, 2023

The diplomatic agreement, reached after four days of talks with senior security officials in Beijing, eases tensions between the Middle East powers after seven years of hostilities. Kirby welcomed the normalization of relations between the two countries should it ease violence in the Middle East. Vatanka, from the Middle East Institute, said both Iran and Saudi Arabia have been seeking to ease tensions for the past couple of years. Middle East politics has become more strained for the U.S. as Israel clashes with Palestinians seeking a free state in Israeli-occupied Gaza and the West Bank. Still, during comments on Friday on the economy, Biden appeared welcoming of the diplomatic agreement.