TOKYO (Sputnik) — Japan has called on Saudi Arabia and Iran to resume dialogue in order to calm their diplomatic row, the spokesman for the Japanese government said Tuesday.
"All parties should show restraint and start a dialogue to calm the situation," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference in Tokyo.
The row erupted after Saudi Arabia on Saturday executed prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr along with 46 others allegedly for terror-related offenses.
Al-Nimr’s execution sparked massive protests in Shiite-dominated Iran and across the region. On Sunday, a raging mob stormed the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, setting fire to the building before they were repelled.