Saudi Arabia said on Monday it’d restore ties with Iran when Tehran quit meddling in the affairs of other nations and vowed that Riyadh would continue to work “really difficult” to support plays for peace in Syria and Yemen despite the spat.
All ties cut with Iran on Sunday following the kingdom’s execution of leading cleric Nimr al-Nimr. Protesters in Iraq and Iran marched to denounce the execution.
When asked what it might take for ties to be restored, Saudi U.N. Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi told reporters: “Quite straightforward – Iran to cease and desist from intervening in the internal matters of other nations, including our own.”
“We will not be natural-born enemies of Iran.”
On Monday, all ties cut with Iran, following the case in Riyadh. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told Reuters Riyadh would also prevent commercial relationships between the competing powers and air traffic.
Jubeir attributed Iran’s “aggressive policies” for the diplomatic activity, alluding to years of tension.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE), home to thousands of Iranians, somewhat downgraded its connections but another Gulf Arab states – Kuwait, Qatar and Oman – remained over the fray.
Iran accused Saudi Arabia of utilizing the strike on the embassy as an “explanation” to sever ties and further raise sectarian tensions.
Germany and america called for restraint.
“It isn’t likely to be helpful for people to possess this process, surely to be viewed to be driving it,” the U.S. official said. “They must work this out between themselves if a treatment for this pressure will be long lasting and sustainable.”