WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Saturday, demonstrators in Iran, protesting the execution by Saudi Arabia of prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr and 46 others, attacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran and the consulate in Mashhad. Following the attack, Saudi Arabia announced it would sever diplomatic ties with Iran.
"It will seriously impede the Syrian peace process," Jordan told Sputnik on Monday. "The Saudi and Iranian representatives could hardly bear to be in the same room before this clash, and it is even less likely that they will be willing to negotiate at present."
Efforts to end the civil war in Syria, Jordan noted, depend on Saudi and Iranian participation which is not likely to occur for a while.
However, Jordan added, tensions between Riyadh and Tehran are unlikely to impact the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal, notwithstanding Saudi objections, because the P5+1 group of countries are too invested in the agreement.
On Monday, US Department of State spokesperson John Kirby told reporters that Saudi-Iranian tensions should not have a negative impact on the Syrian peace process.
White House said on Monday the United States was concerned with the worsening human rights situation in Saudi Arabia and would condemn any country that is carrying out mass executions.
Robert Jordan is former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Diplomat-in-Residence at Southern Methodist University, and author of “Desert Diplomat: Inside Saudi Arabia Following 9/11.”