Only Good News From Iran And Saudi Arabia

Diplomats from the UAE and Bahrain, two Saudi allies, will soon return to Syria. This is good news. It helps balance Arab interests in Syria, where for long Iran had too much influence over. That was detrimental to Syria’s stability. It is necessary to preserve the regional balance of power between Arab countries, including especially Saudi Arabia, with Iran, to have any hope for peace in the Middle East. Tehran does not seem too concerned per se with the latest developments. It understands that it must work with the realities on the ground. Its main concern is that recent efforts by the Gulf Arab states to restore good ties with Syria, Yemen, and Iraq, combined with US decision to end military engagement in those countries, will empower the US and its Gulf Arab allies to turn their focus on reversing the trend of Iran’s growing regional influence.