A new era for Iran and Saudi Arabia?
Why did Saudi-Iranian relations fall apart and what will it mean for each country as they sew them back together?Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Iran has been abandoned for years. It was stormed by Iranian protesters back in 2016 and shut down – an extremely low point in the two countries’ relations. Now, both countries’ embassies are set to reopen, turning a page on seven frosty years. A dramatic breakthrough in March led to a landmark agreement to restore ties, brokered in China.
So, what does restoring relations mean for these two powerful neighbours whose historically fractious relationship has defined the region and, at times, the globe?
In this episode:
- Dorsa Jabbari (@DorsaJabbari), Al Jazeera Correspondent
- Aziz Alghashian (@AzizAlghashian), fellow, Project SEPAD
This episode was produced by Amy Walters with Ashish Malhotra and our host, Malika Bilal. Khaled Soltan fact-checked this episode.
Our sound designer is Alex Roldan. Munera Al Dosari and Adam Abou-Gad are our engagement producers. Alexandra Locke is The Take’s executive producer, and Ney Alvarez is Al Jazeera’s head of audio.