Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 6
Baghdad will be a mediator in the resolution of the diplomatic crisis between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said, RIA Novosti reported.
Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Adel al-Dzhubeyr announced the rupture of diplomatic relations with Iran on Jan.3 because of its "overt interference in the internal affairs of the Kingdom, enemy actions in the region and the attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran and consulate in the city of Mashhad." The incidents took place on Saturday as part of protests against the Saudi Arabia’s execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent Shia cleric.
After Saudi Arabia, kingdom of Bahrain on Monday announced the severance of diplomatic relations with Iran. Iranian diplomats were given 48 hours for leaving the country. Sudan’s Foreign Ministry also announced the break of diplomatic relations with Iran.
In turn, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced a reduction of diplomatic relations with Iran to the level of chargé d'affaires, state news agency WAM reported. Ambassador of the UAE was recalled from Iran and the number of the mission’s members was reduced, the agency reported with reference to the Foreign Ministry’s statement.
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