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Tentative Mideast Reconciliations May Grow With Iran Deal

International flags fly outside the Secretariat building at the United Nations headquarters in New York before the U.S. left the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran, a decision which may now be reversed. 

International flags fly outside the Secretariat building at the United Nations headquarters in New York before the U.S. left the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran, a decision which may now be reversed. 

Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

The Middle East, long known for rivalries, may be looking at a more peaceful future.

Saudi Arabia and Qatar held a summit in January 2021 and ten months later the UAE foreign minister met the Syrian president, while its de facto ruler paid a visit to Turkey. This trend looks set to resume this year, with further tightening of ties between Iran and Gulf states potentially easing regional sectarian conflicts.