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Iran seeks to de-escalate tensions with Saudi Arabia and regional countries: spokesman

By Tajuddin
In DIPLOMAT MEMO
Jan 10th, 2016
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Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari

Tehran, Iran (Xinhua + DIPLOMAT.SO) – Iran is seeking to sooth tensions in the region including its frictions with Saudi Arabia, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari was quoted as saying by official IRNA news agency on Sunday.

Saudi Arabia has adopted the policy of confronting the regional realities and they seek escalation of tensions and hostility with Iran, Jaber Ansari said.

However, they are not prepared for such a game with Iran, he said, adding that Saudi Arabia should not be permitted to impose the costs of its destructive policies on the region.

Iran understands the developments in the region and moves in line with them seeking to de-escalate tensions, he said.

Drawing upon the companionship of some Arab states in severing or downgrading diplomatic ties with Iran, he said that some states are trying to solve their economic problems by Saudi petro-dollars or they share political interests with Riyadh.

Cutting ties with Iran and putting pressure on other countries in so doing will not bear any benefit to Riyadh, he added.

Iran and Saudi Arabia are currently locked in a diplomatic row over Sunni-majority Riyadh’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric, along with 46 others over terror charges.

The executions have sent large number of Iranians onto the street, while some of them stormed Saudi diplomatic missions in capital Tehran and the northeastern city of Mashhad. Later, Riyadh cut its diplomatic ties with Tehran over the attack on its embassy, while many of Gulf partners either followed suit or downgraded their relations with the Islamic Republic.

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