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Aggravation of Tehran-Riyadh relations threatens region’s security

Aggravation of Tehran-Riyadh relations threatens region’s security

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Date: 5 January 2016 17:07

Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.5

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

Aggravation of relations between Tehran and Riyadh threatens the security of the region, said Saleh Zeitoun, Jordanian Middle East expert.

After the aggravation of relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia, undoubtedly, the situation in Iraq, Syria and Yemen will greatly worsen, due to a clash of interests of Iran and Saudi Arabia in these countries, Zeitoun told Trend on Jan.5.

The expert did not rule out the possibility that the deterioration of relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia could also affect the number of countries of the Gulf region.

One of those countries may become Bahrain, where the majority of population is Shiite Muslims, he said.

He believes that the current crisis can be resolved only through negotiations by the two countries.

Relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran soured after the execution of a prominent Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr in the Kingdom.

Iran strongly condemned the execution of Nimr al-Nimr, there were mass protests in the country, in particular, Saudi embassy in the capital Tehran and the consulate in the city of Mashhad were attacked.

Saudi Arabia broke off diplomatic ties with Iran on Jan 3.

Saudi Arabia's permanent representative to the United Nations Abdullah al-Moallem before said that relations with Iran will be restored only when Tehran stops "interfering in the internal affairs of other countries, including Saudi Arabia".

Kuwait has recalled its ambassador to Iran today.

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