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    Mass Execution in Saudi Arabia Whips Up Tensions (108)

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Saudi Arabia needed chaos in the region to cover up its own failures.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Saudi Arabia does not want stability in the region, as "chaos" would help the country to cover up its domestic and regional failures, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday.

    ​The Iranian leader accused Riyadh of exacerbating the divide between the Sunni and Shia Muslims, as well as of undermining the Iraqi and Syrian governments by funding and arming extremists.

    ​Riyadh announced on January 2 it had executed for alleged terror-related offenses a total of 47 people, including Shiite preacher Nimr al-Nimr.

    Following the incident, protesters attacked the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Tehran and the country's General Consulate in Mashhad.

    ​The events led to Riyadh breaking off diplomatic ties with Tehran, with other regional countries following suit.

    Mass Execution in Saudi Arabia Whips Up Tensions (108)


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