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Saudi Arabia seeks no war with Iran despite tensions - Deputy Crown Prince

Saudi Arabia seeks no war with Iran despite tensions - Deputy Crown Prince

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Date: 7 January 2016 22:22

Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman has ruled out the possibility of going to war with Iran amid the ongoing diplomatic row between the two countries, Sputnik reported.

"It is something that we do not foresee at all, and whoever is pushing towards that is somebody who is not in their right mind. Because a war between Saudi Arabia and Iran is the beginning of a major catastrophe in the region, and it will reflect very strongly on the rest of the world. For sure we will not allow any such thing," Salman told The Economist in a January 4 interview published Wednesday.

The comments come amid a deepening diplomatic row in the Middle East. On Monday, Saudi Arabia formally severed diplomatic ties with Iran following Saturday attacks on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and the Consulate in the city of Mashhad. The attacks were triggered by the execution of prominent Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr, along with 46 other people by Riyadh.

The crown prince, who also acts as Saudi Arabia's defense minister, rejected claims of the arbitrary nature of Nimr's execution, blaming the post-execution escalation on Iran, while expressing hope that the Islamic republic does not become Saudi Arabia's main enemy.

On Thursday, Iran imposed a full embargo against Saudi Arabian imports.

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