PA welcomes normalization of relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran
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The Palestinian Authority welcomed the decision of Iran and Saudi Arabia to restore diplomatic relations.
“The Palestinian Presidency appreciates China's role in helping to reach the agreement. We hope that the agreement will lead to stability and strengthen the positive atmosphere in the region”, —
Taysir Khaled, a senior official with the PLO's Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), welcomed the agreement and expressed his hope that it would be “an important step towards towards addressing the economic, political and security challenges facing the Middle East,” according to JPost.
Khaled praised China for a “great achievement”, saying that the agreement “deals a serious blow to the hegemony policy pursued by successive US administrations and to the policies of the right-wing Israeli government.”
Khalil al-Khaya , a member of the Hamas political bureau, said the Saudi-Iranian agreement was “an important step towards uniting the ranks of the Muslim community.”
The agreement, he said, “will strengthen security and understanding between Arab and Islamic countries and help stability in the region“.
“This important step is in the interests of the cause of Palestine and supports the resilience of our people in the face of occupation and its continued aggression against our land, people and holy places“, — Haya said in a statement quoted by JPost.
Iran announced on Friday, March 10, that it has agreed to restore diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia.
The two countries will reopen their embassies in Riyadh and Tehran within 60 days, Iranian media reported, claiming that the agreement was reached during a recent meeting in China.
The Islamic Republic and Saudi Arabia had no official diplomatic relations after the attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran and the Saudi consulate in Mashhad. This attack prompted Saudi Arabia to expel the Iranian mission from Riyadh. The attacks in Tehran and Mashhad were a response to the execution of a prominent Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia.
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