China Mediates Formation of Joint Naval Force in Persian Gulf by Iran, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman
(MENAFN) According to a report by Qatari news website Al-Jadid on Friday, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Oman are set to establish a joint naval force with the support of China. The move aims to enhance maritime security in the Persian Gulf, a strategically important body of water. China has reportedly taken on the role of mediator, initiating negotiations among Tehran, Riyadh, and Abu Dhabi to strengthen navigation safety in the region.
In March, China played a successful mediating role in brokering a deal between Iran and Saudi Arabia, leading to the reestablishment of diplomatic ties after a seven-year period of estrangement. This recent development of China facilitating discussions between regional powers highlights its increasing influence in the Persian Gulf, while the influence of the United States appears to be diminishing.
The willingness of Persian Gulf states to engage with Beijing's mediation in matters of great sensitivity indicates China's growing stature in the region. In contrast, the waning influence of Washington is becoming more apparent. Iran has consistently asserted that the security of the Persian Gulf can only be guaranteed by regional countries, emphasizing the importance of local actors in addressing the challenges and complexities of the region.
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