Can a handshake transform a region?
After long years of tension, Saudi Arabia and Iran decided in March to normalise diplomatic relations. Weeks later, the Saudi and Iranian foreign ministers met face to face – and the handshake took place.
The landmark agreement entails patching up the rift by reviving a security co-operation agreement, reopening embassies within two months and resuming trade, investment and cultural accords. The China-brokered deal could lead to a major realignment in the Middle East and, while it is a coup for Beijing, it represents a geopolitical challenge for the United States.
This week on Beyond the Headlines, host Ismaeel Naar looks at how Saudi Arabia and Iran were able to finally reach the negotiating table - and asks what the thawing of ties means for the wider region.