Saudi Arabia says Iran row will not hurt Syria, Yemen talks
Jan 5, Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has said that its decision to break diplomatic ties with Iran will not affect the efforts of peace negotiation in Syria and Yemen.
Riyadh on Sunday severed relations with Iran after its embassy in Tehran was set ablaze during protests against Saudi Arabia's execution of prominent Shia religious leader Nimr al-Nimr, who was put to death along with 46 other mostly Sunni convicts on terrorism charges, media reports said.
Saudi Ambassador to the UN, Abdullah al-Mouallimi said on Monday that the row with Tehran "should have no effect" on attempts to end the wars.
He said, "We will continue to work very hard towards supporting the peace efforts in Syria, in Yemen, wherever there might be a need for that."
Earlier, Iran's foreign ministry said Saudi Arabia was using the attack on its embassy in Tehran as a pretext to fuel tensions.
Hossein Jaberi Ansari, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman, said in televised remarks on Monday that, "Iran ... is committed to providing diplomatic security based on international conventions. But Saudi Arabia, which thrives on tensions, has used this incident as an excuse to fuel the tensions.".
The Oslo Times