Saudi Arabia should end tensions, says Iranian foreign minister

 The Saudis should "come to their senses" and end tensions with Iran, the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Friday.

Saudi Arabia ended diplomatic relations with Shiite Iran after protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran earlier this month. They were angered by the execution of a prominent Shiite spiritual leader, Nimr al-Nimr, by majority-Sunni Saudi Arabia.

Several Gulf and Arab states followed Riyadh's lead in cutting ties with Iran.

"We have no animosity towards the Saudis and hope the Saudis quickly come to their senses," Zarif told Iran's ISNA news agency in Davos.

His deputy, Abbas Araghchi, said the same.

"These tensions don't help anyone in the region," he said on the sidelines of a meeting of foreign ministers at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the Saudi port of Jeddah.

He said he hoped the OIC meeting would lead to better relations between Tehran and Riyadh, the two big regional powers.

Last update: Fri, 22/01/2016 - 11:05

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