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Saudi Arabia will seek Arab diplomatic leadership

Friday, May 28, 2021

Significance

This comes as the US Yemen envoy engages on a new Saudi-Huthi peace mission, while Washington and Iran intensify Vienna talks on a return to the nuclear deal. Riyadh is comprehensively revising its diplomatic relations as it seeks to adjust to the new US administration’s policies and refurbish its global image.

Impacts

  • Successful regional diplomacy will enhance the kingdom’s ability to secure the foreign direct investment needed for Vision 2030.
  • The re-establishment of ties with Iran would ease the Yemen conflict and increase the number of pilgrims visiting Mecca.
  • Ending the Yemen war would allow Saudi Arabia to open up towns in the southern border region to more commercial activity.

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