Director's Briefing: New ties for old foes?

Examining Iran and Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic relations.

Partner and major corporate event Invitation only
25 May 2023 — 8:00AM TO 9:15AM
Chatham House

Saudi Arabia and Iran announced plans to resume diplomatic ties in Chinese-brokered talks in March. After 18 months of bilateral discussion, the bitter rivals set aside tensions while foreshadowing regional conflicts that could also be impacted. Could this seismic shift ring in a new phase for the Middle East, and China’s relationship to it?
This discussion examines:

  • What do renewed relations mean for the region, and beyond?
  • What will this mean for China’s influence in the Gulf?
  • How do closer ties impact the Abraham Accords between Israel and its neighbours?