Fort Russ – 5th January, 2016
Oman’s diplomat to Tehran stated that Riyadh’s move to cut diplomatic ties with Iran was an effort to overshadow Iran’s nuclear agreement with the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Germany). The Omani ambassador, Saud bin Ahmed bin Khalid Al Barwani, also said that Saudi Arabia’s reactions were the wrong method. “Regardless of its cause, this has definitely been an unwise action conducted through an incorrect method,” Bardani said in a meeting with Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani. “I believe Saudi Arabia, through its recent measure, is after pressuring Iran and overshadowing the nuclear agreement (between Tehran and the world powers),” he added.
Following the execution of Saudi Shi’ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, demonstrators stormed the Saudi Embassy in Tehran. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized the mob and stated all those involved will be brought to justice. Despite this assurance, Saudi Arabia,who was soon followed by Bahrain and Sudan, announced that they would sever all ties with the Islamic Republic.