Reconciliation opens the path for Saudi Arabia and Iran to join BRICS.
Written by Ahmed Adel, Cairo-based geopolitics and political economy researcher
After agreeing with Saudi Arabia in December to buy its oil for Chinese yuan instead of just US dollars, while at the same time Russia is successfully cooperating with Saudi Arabia and Iran in the oil sector, Beijing is helping a historic reconciliation between the two major Muslim countries. Chinese efforts are all the more impressive when considering the persistent efforts of the US to cause conflict between the two countries instead of reconciliation.
It is hoped that reconciliation will lead to a huge blow to the hegemony of the US dollar. In Beijing on March 17, following negotiations in Iraq and Oman during the previous two years, China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia announced an agreement which includes the restoration of diplomatic relations, a confirmation of respect for the sovereignty of states and non-interference in their internal affairs, and agreements on security, economy, trade, investment, science and culture.
In short, with the mediation of China, the two regional powers, often framed as having a Sunni-Shi’a rivalry, made it official that they are embarking on a new path of improving relations instead of further spoiling them for the sake of serving Western interests that are contrary to the interests of the Islamic World.
Therefore, it is quite clear who the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs had in mind when it announced that overcoming differences between Iran and Saudi Arabia will have a “beneficial effect on freeing the countries of the region from external interference” – evidently this is in reference to the US. As Beijing highlighted, these two countries have now “taken their own destiny into their own hands,” adding that their agreement “corresponds to epochal development trends.”
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who was recently in Moscow and confirmed that Russia-China relations are reaching new frontiers in building a multipolar world, emphasised that the agreement between Riyadh and Tehran represents “a victory for dialogue and peace.”
In a China Global Television Network (CGTN) article published on March 13 and titled: “Why Iran and Saudi Arabia trust China?”, the author highlights that “dialogue between Tehran and Riyadh has unfolded as negotiations took place in Iraq, where the two countries reached an important consensus. Meanwhile, the main regional allies of Iran and Saudi Arabia, such as the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, have restored diplomatic relations in 2022. Hence, the resumption of diplomatic relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia also is only a matter of time.”
The author’s belief in the resumption of diplomatic relations proved to be true only days after the article’s publication. The resumption signifies that a new era has dawned in the Middle East, and even more broadly when we consider the effects this could have on the hegemony of the US dollar.
The US has been the dominant force in the Middle East since the end of British and French colonialism in the 1940’s. The region has been in a constant state of war since then, with the US now maintaining 30 military bases in the Middle East – five of them in Saudi Arabia.
For the US that relies on its global network of military bases to maintain hegemony, Beijing is showing non-Western countries how a multipolar world can function with great power diplomacy based on agreements and reconciliation, and not rooted in the idea that “might is right,” like Washington adopts.
It is noted that the day before the reconciliation in Beijing, the head of Saudi diplomacy, Prince Faisal bin Farhan al Saud, visited Moscow unannounced. And a week earlier, on March 6, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone with his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi, who visited Beijing in mid-February. After that, Wang Yi was in Moscow. This suggests that although China was the main broker of peace between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Russia certainly played a role in reconciliation efforts.
Russia, Iran, and Saudi Arabia are three leading oil and gas producers and are accelerating their search for payment mechanisms to bypass the US dollar. China, for their part, is already discussing such arrangements with Saudi Arabia and Iran.
The decline of the US dollar as a world currency will weaken the American economy and military power. This in turn will cripple the US’ ability to wage perpetual wars abroad and impose its global hegemony.
Just as importantly, reconciliation between Saudi Arabia and Iran can be seen as a precursor to eventually joining BRICS in the near future. It is recalled that BRICS plans to decide this year whether to admit new members and under what conditions.
Although BRICS collectively accounts for 42% of the world’s population and 24% of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP), they collectively hold less than 15% of voting rights in both the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, which are Western dominated. By admitting Saudi Arabia and Iran, BRICS’s global status will be elevated even higher as a symbol of not only peace and reconciliation, but also a path to prosperity independent of Western domination.
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We’ve been reading these sorts of articles for the last 20 odd years and so far its the same ol same ol status quo. Nothing has changed.
And yet the bug up your arse continues..
Saudi could only emancipate provided they would have a new protector, considering US power is faltering as proved by Ukraine war. That protector can only be Russia because China is only interested in racking benefit from trade with US and not to challenge it.. So China basically stole the benefit of Russian hard work..
saudi arabia is zionist and secular, and Al-Kaaba was desecrated on 1400.Muharram.01.
saudi arabia is luciferian khazarian regime stooge variety which cut blood ties with Sheik Osama Bin Laden.
saudi arabia had gay princes, murderer princes, and 1 percenter princes who enjoy watching people starve or freeze.
binned salmon < mosshead < feces
The Arrivals would target mosshead or binned salmon, so iran normalizing with traitors who are allied with jews is further proof iran is apostate.
kikerael < iran < piss
This greater evil, lesser evil propaganda is bullshit.
People should just be yelling Allahu(swt)Akhbar!, and killing jews and faggots until no jew or faggot exists.
Allahu(swt)Akhbar! > am yisrael chai > z
I love SEA, I love Koreas, but theres this khazarian bolshevic side to China that I dont like. China should switch from communism to National Han Socialism, and all guys and girls should have long-ass hair.
us fagemony will not pass!
You run a shit posting site here just like at Al-Bress TV no? Modr jende lower caste muzlim.
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It’s more realistic that Iran and Saudi Arabia will join the SCO.
A good thing.
This is indeed a major step. It‘s unprecedented. There is still fierce rivalry over Syria. However, it‘s about reclaiming Syria‘s sovereignty and resources. If SA concentrates on business investments rather than support for militias, Syria can only profit. An equilibrium in Syria may eventually lead to peaceful political reform.