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Turkish PM urges diplomacy, offers help in Saudi-Iran crisis

ByREUTERS
January 5, 2016 13:23

ANKARA - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday called on Saudi Arabia and Iran to use diplomatic channels to calm tensions following the execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric, and said Turkey was ready to play a role.

"Diplomatic channels must be given a chance immediately. As Turkey, we are ready to offer any constructive help we can for a solution," Davutoglu told a meeting of his ruling AK Party in parliament.

Saudi Arabia cut all ties with Iran on Sunday following the kingdom's execution of Shi'ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr. It has said it will only restore them when Tehran stops meddling in the affairs of other countries.

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