Turkey urges Saudi Arabia, Iran to calm diplomatic ties

    Turkey urges Saudi Arabia, Iran to calm diplomatic ties

    Jan 5, Ankara: Turkey has urged Saudi Arabia and Iran to calm their diplomatic ties, saying the dispute will only worsen regional tensions.

    The US has also called on both countries to calm the escalating row.

    Saudi Arabia has broken off diplomatic relations with Iran and is cutting trade and air links.

    Turkey’s Deputy PM Numan Kurtulmus said that the Middle East was "already a powder keg", BBC news reported.

    He criticised attacks on Saudi missions in Iran but also Saudi Arabia's execution of a Shia Muslim cleric, which triggered the dispute.

    On Monday, some of Riyadh's allies joined diplomatic action against Iran.

    Saudi Arabia and Iran are respectively the key Sunni Muslim and Shia powers in the region and back opposing sides in Syria and Yemen, media reports said.

    On Saturday, Saudi Arabia executed cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and 46 others after they were convicted of terror-related offences.

    The Oslo Times


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