Saudi Arabia: FM warns to take additional measures against Iran
Jan 10, Riyadh: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has said that his country has warned to take further measures against Iran if it continues to "escalate tensions" in the region.
Al-Jubeir did not specify what form the measures could take as he spoke after a meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) foreign ministers in the Saudi capital on Saturday.
He said, "We are looking at additional measures to be taken if it [Iran] continues with its current policies."
Gulf states expressed their "total support" for Saudi Arabia during the meeting and said the GCC "forcefully condemns the attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran," in a statement released after the meeting, media reports said.
Saudi Arabia cut off diplomatic relations with Iran after protesters ransacked Saudi diplomatic buildings in several cities, including its embassy in Tehran.
Riyadh accused Iranian officials of turning a blind eye as the mob attacked and set fire to the buildings, saying repeated requests for help were ignored.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani condemned the attack on the embassy, which came after Saudi Arabia executed 47 people, including Shia religious leader Nimr al-Nimr, who it accused of inciting violence.
The episode came amid existing tensions between the two states, over the conflicts in Yemen and Syria.
The Saudi Foreign Minister also called on an emergency meeting of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference to discuss the attack on the embassy.
The GCC is made up of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, and Oman.
The Oslo Times