More countries back Saudi Arabia in Iran dispute
Qatar recalls ambassador to Tehran as Jordan, Djibouti, and Turkey also express pro-Saudi positions.
Qatar has become the latest country to back Saudi Arabia in its dispute with Iran, recalling its ambassador to Tehran on Wednesday in response to the attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions last weekend.
Jordan, Djibouti, and Turkey also expressed pro-Saudi positions on Wednesday after the embassy attacks in Iran that followed the execution of a renowned Shia leader in Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said the execution of 47 men for terrorism charges in Saudi Arabia was “a domestic issue”. One of those put to death was Shia Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr – a move that stirred sectarian anger across the region.
The president also said those who remained silent about the deaths of people in Syria’s civil war were causing an uproar over the execution of one person in Saudi Arabia, apparently referring to Iran though he did not name names.
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Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait have recalled their envoys to Iran.
Meanwhile, Jordan summoned Iran’s ambassador in Amman on Wednesday to condemn the embassy attack, and “Iranian interference” in Arab affairs, according to Jordanian state news agency Petra.
Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi embassy and other diplomatic posts early Sunday. Since the attacks, Iran says it has made arrests and has criticised the violent protesters.
Iran’s top leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, predicted “divine vengeance” for the execution of Nimr.
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