Riyadh and Ottawa said the decision to restore "full" diplomatic ties came after high-level talks in November last year. Ties were severed in 2018 after Canada called on Saudi Arabia to release arrested activists.
A Beijing-brokered deal between rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia marks major diplomatic progress which could reshape relations across the region which has witnessed decades of conflict and violence.
15 Nov 2022
The Chinese press sees the Xi-Biden meeting at the G20 summit in Bali as a chance to ‘recalibrate’ Sino-US relations, although a broad focus on Chinese diplomacy with other nations and the APEC meetings this week could be perceived as a snub of US President Joe Biden. Meanwhile, ‘disappointing’ midterm results for the GOP have sparked a leadership crisis for the party, with Trump likened in one cartoon to an irate ex showing up on a date between the GOP and Florida governor Ron DeSantis.
10 Nov 2022
The issue of Sikh separatist groups operating in Canada has become a growing source of tension between New Delhi and Ottawa.
9 Oct 2022
Paraguay is one of only a few countries that still officially recognize Taiwan. However, concerns are growing after Paraguay's president recently urged Taipei to invest $1 billion in his country.
14 Feb 2022
In an interview with FRANCE 24, Russia's Permanent Representative to the European Union denied that the six Russian naval ships in the Black Sea have anything to do with Ukraine. Vladimir A. Chizhov also insisted that Moscow has no intention to make a move on Ukrainian territory and reiterated that the Kremlin is committed to a diplomatic outcome to the crisis.
16 Dec 2021
The Dubai World Expo is one of the largest events of its kind ever organised in the Middle East. It was supposed to be held in 2020, but was postponed by a year because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Behind the scenes, the event has become a forum for political discussions, as countries in conflict find themselves just metres apart. FRANCE 24's Sylvain Lepetit, Nicolas Keraudren and Sophie Guignon report.
9 Dec 2021
China warned Western nations on Thursday they would "pay the price" for a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
12 Sep 2021
The Indian ambassador to Qatar met with the head of Taliban's political office in Doha, marking New Delhi's first official contact with the militant group. The two sides discussed issues of safety and security.
8 Apr 2021
Kyaw Zwar Minn spent the night in his car after being locked out of his embassy in London. The military junta has sidelined him after he showed support for ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
21 Mar 2021
North Korean state media says one of its citizens has been handed over by Malaysia to US authorities to face money laundering charges. Pyongyang said the court ruling was an "absurd fabrication and sheer plot."
9 Nov 2020
Tens of thousands rallied in Karachi, calling on Pakistan to sever diplomatic ties and boycott French products. Demonstrators trampled on images of the French president and burned French flags.