Saudi Arabia Accuses Iran Of Undermining Regional Security

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Saudi Arabia Accuses Iran Of Undermining Regional Security

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir (R) and Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani attend a news in Riyadh on January 9, 2016. (Reuters photo)

Cairo:  Saudi Arabia's foreign minister accused Iran on Sunday of interfering in Arab affairs and undermining regional security, speaking at an emergency Arab League session called to discuss growing tensions between the regional rivals.

The crisis between the Sunni Muslim kingdom and Shi'ite Muslim power Iran, both major oil exporters, started when Saudi Arabia executed Shi'ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr on January 2, triggering outrage among Shi'ites across the Middle East and attacks on Saudi Arabia's diplomatic missions in Iran.

"These attacks clearly reflect the approach that the Iranian policy is taking in our Arab region specifically ... with its interference in the affairs of the (region's) states and instigation of sectarian strife and shaking its security and stability," said Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.
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