Baku-APA. The current political crisis in relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia should not impact the process of Syrian settlement, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said on Tuesday, APa reports quoting TASS.
"Aggravation in relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran at the begging of this year was an unpleasant surprise as it made many afraid that it might adversely tell on the entire regional situation, on the efforts towards Syrian settlement, on efforts to settle the Yemeni crisis," he said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 television channel. "But yesterday, Staffan de Mistura [UN Secretary General’s envoy on Syria] told the Security Council that both the Saudi and the Iranian had assured him that this crisis in their relations would not tell on the Syrian affairs."
Another spiral of the crisis in Riyadh-Tehran relations followed when Saudi Arabia on January 2 executed prominent Shiite theologian cleric Nimr al-Nimr, arrested back in 2012 for criticizing the ruling regime and making calls for the observance of religious minorities’ rights and carrying out a constitutional reform.
In the evening of the same day crowds of furious Iranian demonstrators stormed the building of Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Tehran and the consulate office in Mashhad. Riyadh severed relations with Teheran. Bahrain, Sudan and Djibouti supported Saudi Arabia. The United Arab Emirates downgraded the level of diplomatic representation and Kuwait and Qatar recalled their ambassadors. Apart from that, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain halted air service with Iran.