Tamil Diplomat

Turkey urges calm in Saudi-Iran dispute

Turkey’s government has urged Saudi Arabia and Iran to calm their diplomatic row, saying the dispute will only worsen regional tensions.Deputy PM Numan Kurtulmus said the Middle East was “already a powder keg”. He criticised attacks on Saudi missions in Iran but also Saudi Arabia’s execution of a Shia Muslim cleric, which triggered the dispute.

Saudi Arabia has broken off diplomatic relations with Iran and is cutting trade and air links.On Monday, some of Riyadh’s allies joined diplomatic action against Iran.The US has also called on both countries to calm the escalating row.Saudi Arabia and Iran are respectively the key Sunni Muslim and Shia powers in the region and back opposing sides in Syria and Yemen.(BBC,2015)