On March 10, 2023, after presiding over the closing ceremony of a dialogue between Saudi Arabia and Iran in Beijing, Wang Yi, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs, briefed the press on the significance of the dialogue.
Welcoming the important outcomes of this dialogue and the decision of Saudi Arabia and Iran to resume diplomatic relations, Wang Yi noted that it is a victory for dialogue and a victory for peace, and that it is a major piece of good news and a clear signal at a time of turbulence in the world.
First, the world is faced with not only the Ukraine issue. There are many other issues affecting peace and people's livelihood that call for international attention and should be properly and promptly handled by the parties concerned.
Second, no matter how complex the issues are or how thorny the challenges may be, equal-footed dialogue on the basis of mutual respect will lead to a mutually acceptable solution.
Third, the Middle East belongs to the people of the region. Its future must be determined by the people of Middle East countries. Countries in the region are expected to carry forward the spirit of independence, strengthen solidarity and coordination, and join hands to make the Middle East more peaceful, stable and prosperous.
Wang Yi stressed that the Beijing dialogue has been made possible and advanced based on the common understandings reached among the leaders of China, Saudi Arabia and Iran. President Xi Jinping has given unequivocal support for the dialogue from the start. The Beijing dialogue is a robust and successful effort to put the Global Security Initiative into practice. As a good-faith and reliable mediator, China has earnestly fulfilled its duties as the host. In keeping with its responsibility as a major country and the wishes of the countries concerned, China will continue to play a constructive role in facilitating the proper settlement of hot-spot issues around the world.