UN chief calls Saudi break in ties with Iran 'deeply worrying'

By REUTERS
January 4, 2016 19:54

 
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Saudi foreign minister on Monday that Riyadh's decision to break off diplomatic ties with Iran was extremely troubling, a spokesman for the United Nations said.

"The Secretary-General reiterated that the attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran was deplorable, but added that the announcement of a break in Saudi diplomatic relations with Tehran was deeply worrying," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters.

Dujarric said Ban said this to Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in a telephone call. Ban also spoke with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday, Dujarric said, adding that the UN chief urged both ministers to "avoid any actions that could further exacerbate the situation."

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