The significance for Africa of the Saudi-Iran handshake
It is surprising that an event which is very likely to completely change the current dynamics in the Middle East and by extension the world including Africa, has generated relatively little comment except in the area itself. The event, which seemed to take most of the media completely by surprise, was the détente between former arch enemies – Iran and Saudi Arabia.
In a move brokered by China, the two Middle East superpowers announced a resumption of relations, including on trade and security. The announcement was made on March 10 in Beijing, the capital of China. The implications are quite stupendous in their reach.
The handshake between Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, Ali Shamkhani, and Minister of State of Saudi Arabia Musaad bin Mohammed Al-Aiban with senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi looking on, seems to have wiped away four decades of bitter animosity between these two powerful oil states and in the process to have shattered the…