Iranian pilgrims to take part in Haj this year

The ministry said, in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), that the Saudi leadership and people welcome all pilgrims and visitors of different nationalities and backgrounds, from across the countries of the Islamic world.

He said the agreements worth almost $65 billion and signed by the two sides embodies promising future aspects of cooperation between the two countries.

Both sides stress the importance of stability in world oil markets to the global economy... Prince Mohammed expressed his regrets that Saudi Arabia did not apply this experience earlier on the Saudi-Yemeni border, noting that the success of the northern border experience will accelerate applying it on the Saudi southern border.

Tehran blamed Riyadh for mismanaging the holy sites and called on the world's Muslims to reconsider Saudi control of them considering the country's "incompetence".

King Salman oversaw the signing of deals worth as much as $65 billion on the first full day of his visit to Beijing on Thursday.

China notoriously supported Russian Federation in its attempts to protect the Assad regime by vetoing several UN Security Council resolutions against the Syrian dictatorship.

Despite the reported agreement, tensions remain as Saudi Arabia repeatedly accuses Iran of fuelling conflicts by supporting armed Shia movements in the region.

Iranian pilgrims will participate in this year's Hajj in Saudi Arabia after a one-year absence, what seen as a rare promising spot in stalled relations between the two regional rivals.

The joint statement said both China and Saudi Arabia stressed their support for Yemen's legal government. “This visit will push forward and continue to improve the quality of our relations and bear new fruit, ” Xi told the king.

Diplomatic sources say China is trying to play the role of "honest broker" in the Middle East, as it lacks the historical baggage of the Americans or the Europeans.