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Iran Says Ready to Put Rivalries Aside With Saudi Arabia

By Robin Emmott and Noah Barkin MUNICH, Feb 12 – Iran and Saudi Arabia must overcome strained relations and work for stability in Syria and the Middle East, Iran’s foreign minister said on Friday, a day after Syrian peace talks brought the rivals to the same table for the first time in months. Speaking at

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Riyadh vs Tehran: What lies ahead?

The rift between Riyadh and Tehran is taking a toll on the region BY Dr. Adnan Mansour The severing of diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran came against the backdrop of the tense and bloody events that have plagued the Arab world over the past years. That tension was reinforced by disagreement between Riyadh

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Masked Men Attack Saudi Intelligence Compound With Firebombs

DUBAI, Jan 11 – Masked men threw firebombs at an intelligence service compound in the city of Qatif in eastern Saudi Arabia, activists said on Monday, in an apparent reprisal for the execution of a prominent Shiite Muslim cleric earlier this month. A Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman said “there was a failed terrorist attempt to

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Iran Complains to U.N. About Saudi “Provocations”

DUBAI, Jan 10 – Iran’s foreign minister has complained to the United Nations about Saudi Arabia’s “provocations” towards Tehran, as a diplomatic crisis between the region’s two major powers entered its second week. In a letter to the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon published by Iranian news agencies on Saturday, Mohammad Javad Zarif said “some people”

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Pakistan Expels Bangladeshi Diplomat Amid Worsening ‘Spy’ Row

DHAKA, Jan 7 – A Bangladeshi diplomat will leave the Pakistani capital of Islamabad on Thursday, officials said, amid a deepening row between the two countries that has also seen a Pakistani diplomat in Dhaka expelled after being accused of spying. Maushumi Rahman, the political counsellor at the Bangladeshi high commission in Islamabad, was declared

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As Cold War With Saudi Sharpens, Iran’s Guards Deliver Warning

By Babak Dehghanpisheh and Bozorgmehr Sharafedin BEIRUT/DUBAI, Jan 6 – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was quick to condemn the execution of Saudi cleric Sheikh Nimr Al Nimr, stating: “Without a doubt, the hated Saudi regime will pay a price for this shameful act.” For an organization deeply involved in wars in Syria and Iraq

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Saudi Rift with Iran Likely to Hinder U.S. Peace Effort in Syria

By Arshad Mohammed and Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON, Jan 5 – Beneath this weekend’s rupture in Iranian-Saudi relations lies a deeper fault line between the United States and Saudi Arabia that may hamper U.S. President Barack Obama’s efforts to end Syria’s civil war, current and former U.S. officials said. The Saudi government’s decision to execute Shiite

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Sunni States Back Saudi Arabia in Growing Row With Iran

By Sam Wilkin DUBAI, Jan 4 – Saudi Arabia’s Sunni allies rallied behind the kingdom on Monday and several joined Riyadh in severing or downgrading diplomatic relations with Tehran, deepening a sectarian split across the Middle East. Bahrain and Sudan cut all ties with Iran, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), home to hundreds of

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Iran-Saudi Relations: What You Need To Know

Jan 4 – Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic relations with Iran on Sunday over the storming of the Saudi embassy in Tehran, in a deepening crisis between the regional adversaries following the kingdom’s execution of a prominent Shiite Muslim cleric. Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi embassy early on Sunday and Shiite Iran’s top leader, Ayatollah Ali

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‘Enough is Enough,’ Source Familiar With Saudi Thinking Says

WASHINGTON, Jan 4 – Saudi Arabia’s position toward Iran is that “enough is enough,” a source familiar with the Saudi government’s thinking said on Sunday after protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran over the execution of a Shiite Muslim cleric and Riyadh cut diplomatic ties with Tehran. The source, who spoke on condition of

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