Tehran, Iran, January 18
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
Iran says it welcomes any efforts by other nations to play a peacemaker role between Tehran and Riyadh, said the spokesman of Iran's Foreign Ministry Hossein Jaber Ansari.
"Saudi Arabia is responsible for the recent tension," Ansari said, Trend's correspondent reported from the event.
Ansari went on to add that Riyadh is creating regional tension.
Reuters previously quoted the government sources on Jan.17 as saying that Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will travel to Saudi Arabia and Iran in a bid to bridge the growing divide between the two countries.
Iran's relations with Saudi Arabia, as well as its allies have severely deteriorated recently after the kingdom's execution of a prominent Shia cleric, Nimr al-Nimr, on Jan. 2.
Sharif will fly to Saudi Arabia on Monday before visiting Iran's capital Tehran on Tuesday, Pakistan's foreign office said in a statement.
Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Djibouti, Bahrain and the UAE took diplomatic actions against Tehran after angry Iranians stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad, protesting against al-Nimr's execution.
Right after the attack on the Saudi diplomatic missions, Riyadh and its mentioned allies broke off or downgraded relations with Iran.