- Saudi Arabia and Iran have resumed diplomatic ties after years of tension and talks shepherded by Iraq and Oman.
- The deal was brokered by China, which is seen by some as a poke in the eye for the US.
- Washington is taking a pragmatic view and sees the rapprochement as a positive.
- The Saudis are engaging in 'extreme balancing', strengthening ties with Russia, China and Ukraine.
- The move is an exercise in buying time and carving out breathing space, but the kingdom's balancing act will soon be put through the region's wringer.
Financial Times — World — Saudi-Iran Rapprochement — Kim Ghattas — Middle Eastern Politics & Society — Us Foreign Policy
Saudi rapprochement with Iran is an exercise in buying time
Saudi Arabia and Iran have resumed diplomatic ties brokered by China, prompting Washington to take a pragmatic view. Riyadh is engaging in extreme balancing and carving out breathing space as it evolves from a regional powerhouse to a global player.