Jordan summons Iranian ambassador over Saudi tensions - media

Arab states Bahrain and Sudan have also cut ties with Iran, while UAE partially downgraded its relations with Iran


Reuters January 06, 2016
Flames and smoke rise from Saudi Arabia's embassy during a demonstration in Tehran January 2, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIRUT: Jordan summoned Iran's ambassador in Amman on Wednesday to condemn an attack on the embassy of Saudi Arabia in Tehran and "Iranian interference" in Arab affairs, Jordanian state news agency Petra reported.

Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia have spiralled since the execution of a Shia cleric in Saudi Arabia.

Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran early on Sunday and Shia Iran's top leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, predicted "divine vengeance" for the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, an outspoken opponent of the ruling Al Saud family.

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The Jordanian government stressed its condemnation "of the Iranian interference in the internal affairs of Arab states", the Petra news agency said.

It also rejected Iranian statements it said represented "interference in internal Saudi affairs".

The Iranian ambassador was told to relay the Jordanian position to his government immediately.

After Riyadh, Bahrain, Sudan cut ties with Iran

Saudi Arabia cut ties with Iran on Sunday.

Arab states Bahrain and Sudan have also cut ties with Iran, while the United Arab Emirates partially downgraded its relations with Iran.

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Iran has accused the Sunni Muslim monarchy of Saudi Arabia of using the attack on the embassy as an "excuse" to sever ties and further increase sectarian tensions.

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