German FM to visit Iran to seek ways to decrease Tehran-Riyadh tension
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 16
By Fatih Karimov- Trend:
In line with efforts to decrease Tehran-Riyadh tension, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is scheduled to visit Tehran in the near future.
Steinmeier will visit Tehran Feb. 2 to prepare grounds for a dialogue between Iran and Saudi Arabia, an informed source said, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported Jan. 16.
The source further said that Germany's foreign ministry has made the necessary coordination with the Iranian officials over the visit.
The top German diplomat will also later visit Riyadh to attend a cultural event and confer with Saudi officials as well.
The crisis erupted between Riyadh and Tehran after execution of a prominent Shia cleric, Nimr al-Nimr by Saudis on Jan. 2.
After al-Nimr's execution, angry Iranian protesters attacked Saudi embassy in Tehran and consulate in Mashhad. Right after the attacks on its diplomatic missions, the Saudi Arabia said it severed ties with the Islamic Republic.
Some other Arab countries, including Bahrain, Sudan, Djibouti, and the UAE also rallied to Saudi Arabia's side, breaking off or downgrading relations with Iran.