SAUDI ARABIA - Mending Fences with Iran?

K. Farmer

Iran revealed that it held a fifth round of talks with Saudi Arabia. The negotiations between the two regional heavyweights were “progressive and positive,” according to an Iranian foreign ministry spokesman. 

The ministry spokesman said talks were underway on sending 40,000 Iranian pilgrims to the Hajj in the Saudi city of Mecca this year. 

Riyadh severed ties with Tehran in 2016 after Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in the Iranian capital following the execution of a Shi’ite cleric in Saudi Arabia. 

Frustrated with what they see as the US’ waning interest in their security concerns, Gulf Arab states have begun taking matters into their own hands of late, reaching out to rivals and enemies to fend off conflicts that can wreak havoc on their economies. 

Meanwhile, both the UAE and Saudi Arabia have been mending fences in the region. 

Saudi Arabia has de-escalated its war in Yemen through a rare truce and begun a rapprochement with Lebanon after an unprecedented rupture of ties last year. Both countries are arenas for proxy conflicts between Riyadh and Tehran.

-www.cnn.com, 25 April 2022

Commentary

Two countries that practice rival forms of Islam, Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia, are now seeking to calm tensions, due to the desire to “fend off conflicts that can wreak havoc on their economies,” as the article states. We have repeatedly mentioned that economic ties between countries—even those thought to be bitter enemies—will in the end cause world unity, in line with Bible prophecy, “For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication [Mystery Babylon], and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies” (Rev 18:3). 

Another important part of the article not quoted above states: “The clearest manifestation of this rethink was the Gulf states’ muted reaction to the war in Ukraine. The US allies haven’t wholeheartedly come out in support of the Biden administration’s position on Russia’s war there, and regional officials have pointed to the conflict as a sign of a changing world order where the West may have less say than it once did.” We are drawing closer to a time of more parity between the nations of the world, as countries of the East no longer view the West as having the ultimate say in world events. This is in preparation for the time when “all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Rev 13:8). (By K. Farmer)

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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