ISLAMABAD : – Pakistan hailed the resumption of diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran on Friday. China aided in the mending of ties between the two nations.

“Pakistan fully believes that this key diplomatic achievement will help to peace and stability in the region and beyond,” stated the Foreign Office Spokesman in a statement.

“We congratulate the role played by China’s visionary leadership in facilitating this historic agreement which underscores the power of constructive engagement and genuine conversation. We applaud the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran’s wise leadership for this extremely welcome step.”

“With a history of constantly supporting and coordinating efforts for bridging gaps between the two fraternal nations, Pakistan will continue to play a positive role in the Middle East and the region. “We hope that this good action will serve as a model for regional collaboration and concord,” she said.

Iran and Saudi Arabia agreed on Friday to restore diplomatic ties and reopen embassies after years of hostility, including a deadly assault on the kingdom’s oil production centre blamed on Tehran.

The agreement, reached this week in Beijing at the country’s ceremonial National People’s Congress, is a big diplomatic gain for China as Gulf governments view the US gradually receding from the broader Middle East. It also comes as officials work to settle a years-long conflict in Yemen, in which both Iran and Saudi Arabia are intimately involved.

The two nations issued a joint communiqué on the pact with China, which reportedly arranged the agreement. The acquisition was not immediately reported in Chinese official media.

Iranian official media circulated photographs and video purportedly recorded in China in conjunction with the meeting. It featured Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, with a Saudi official and a Chinese official identified as Wang Yi by state television.

“Once the resolution is implemented, the foreign ministries of both countries will meet to arrange for the swap of ambassadors,” Iranian state television stated. It was also said that the negotiations lasted four days.

Saudi authorities did not immediately reply to an Associated Press request for comment. Saudi official media started reporting the identical remark shortly after the Iranian announcement.

Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia have been severe. As demonstrators stormed Saudi diplomatic offices in Iran in 2016, the kingdom severed relations with the country. Saudi Arabia had murdered a prominent Shia cleric only days before, sparking the protests.

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