Iran condemns attacks in Saudi Arabia, calls for regional unity

July 5, 2016 12:07
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DUBAI - Iran condemned attacks targeting Shi'ite Muslims and a sacred site in Saudi Arabia, saying on Tuesday it was time the countries set aside their differences to confront Islamist militants.

A suicide bomber killed four security personnel outside the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, the second-holiest site in Islam, on Monday, the same day as devices exploded outside a Shi'ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia and near the US Consulate in Jeddah.

"There are no more red lines left for terrorists to cross. Sunnis, Shi'ites will both remain victims unless we stand united as one," Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.

Iran, the leading Shi'ite Muslim power, has been calling for rapprochement with Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia, after years of rivalry climaxed in a break-down of diplomatic relations in January.

The countries are both fighting the ultra-hardline Sunni fighters of Islamic State - Tehran has sent in troops to confront the movement and other militants in Syria's civil war while Riyadh has been hit by a series of attacks claimed by the jihadists.

"Terrorism does not have any border and does not recognize any nationality. There is no other solution but to create a regional and international united front against it," Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA.

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