He said that there is no justification for Saudi’s behaviour as though he was a spokesman for a peaceful country like Scandinavia despite the Saudi embassy burning in front of the eyes of Iranian police who were content to observe.
Bahrain is also the home of the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.
Sudan and the tiny island kingdom of Bahrain said Monday they would sever ties with Iran The United Arab Emirates announced it would downgrade ties to Tehran to the level of the charge d’affaires, while other nations issued statements criticizing Iran.
But the intensity of the response to the execution of Sheikh Nimr, a widely respected cleric, appears to have caught the White House off-guard.
Insisting Riyadh would react to “Iranian aggression”, he accused Tehran of dispatching fighters to Arab countries and plotting attacks inside the kingdom and its Gulf neighbors.
But the rift will not affect the current peace process too much, he says, “because the problem with Syria is not Iran but Russian Federation”. Saudi Arabia executed over 150 people in total during 2015.
Speaking at the daily press briefing in New York, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters that the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, met today in Riyadh with Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, and the High Negotiation Commission of the Revolutionary Forces and the Syrian Opposition. “What does Iran have to do with this?” al-Jubeir told CNBC.
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warns that Saudi Arabia will face “divine revenge” for executing Nimr. “And by this execution and heightening the sectarian tensions, the Saudis have basically shredded American policy in the region to pieces”.
Diplomatic tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which began with the kingdom’s execution of al-Nimr and later saw attacks on Saudi diplomatic posts in the Islamic Republic, have seen countries around the world respond.
LEBANESE HEZBOLLAH MOVEMENT – Hezbollah was founded in 1982 with the help of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard after Israel invaded Lebanon.
The Saudis must have expected the demonstrations against its embassy in Tehran, yet it retaliated by recalling its diplomats, expelling Iran’s representatives and severing diplomatic relations.
He also didn’t rule out that a number of other countries, protecting their own interests, may take part in a possible open military conflict that can arise as a result of the crisis in relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
“Turkey calls for abandoning the language of threats and a return to the language of diplomacy and asks that caution be used so that the tensions between the two countries does not negatively reflect on the region’s security, stability and peacefulness”, the ministry said on its website. We will be cutting off all commercial relations with Iran.
While Iran has criticized Saudi Arabia for its treatment of its Shiite minority, human rights groups have pointed out that Tehran is sustaining the widespread persecution of its Christian minority. “We haven’t been on the same page with the Saudis for a long time”, said Martin S Indyk, the executive vice-presiSaudent of the Brookings Institution and a former top aide to secretary of state John Kerry.
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