Gulf States to Hold Urgent Meeting on Relations With Iran Saturday

© AP Photo / Ebrahim NorooziIranian security protect Saudi Arabia's embassy in Tehran, Iran, while a group of demonstrators gathered to protest execution of a Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016
Iranian security protect Saudi Arabia's embassy in Tehran, Iran, while a group of demonstrators gathered to protest execution of a Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) of Gulf Arab States will hold an extraordinary ministerial meeting in Riyadh on Saturday, January 9 to discuss the repercussions of an Iranian protest attack on the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Tehran and the country’s General Consulate in Mashhad after the execution of a prominent Shia cleric by Saudi Arabia.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The meeting will be held under the chairmanship of Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir.

Amid the ongoing political crisis between Saudi Arabia and Iran, everyone is trying to reconcile the two countries; but neither the United States nor France have enough diplomatic resources to do so. As things stand right now, Moscow can be the only one to solve the crisis between Riyadh and Tehran, Slate Magazine reported. - Sputnik International
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Last weekend, protesters stormed the Saudi Arabian embassy in Iran after Riyadh executed top Iranian Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, along with dozens of other people convicted of "terrorism." Nimr al-Nimr had demanded more rights for Shiites, who are a minority in Saudi Arabia, where most citizens are Sunni Muslims.

Shortly after the unrest, Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic ties with Iran. Bahrain followed in its footsteps, together with Sudan and Djibouti. The United Arab Emirates also scaled down its diplomatic representation in Iran and Kuwait recalled its ambassador.

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