No me­di­a­tion re­sponse

Pretoria News - - WORLD -

MOSCOW: Nei­ther Iran, nor Saudi Ara­bia, has re­sponded to Moscow’s ini­tia­tive to serve as a me­di­a­tor in nor­mal­is­ing con­tacts between the two states, Rus­sian For­eign Min­istry spokesper­son Maria Zakharova said yes­ter­day.

On Wed­nes­day, Rus­sian Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Mikhail Bog­danov said Rus­sia was ready to be­come a me­di­a­tor in Saudi Ara­bia-Iran con­tacts and pro­vide a ne­go­ti­a­tion plat­form for them.

A ma­jor diplo­matic row between Shia-dom­i­nated Iran and Sun­nir­uled Saudi fol­lowed the ex­e­cu­tion of prom­i­nent Saudi Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr by au­thor­i­ties in Jan­uary 2016. The move trig­gered pub­lic back­lash in Iran. The two coun­tries sev­ered diplo­matic ties in the wake of th­ese events. – Sput­nik

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