In NYT Op-Ed, Iranian Minister Says Saudis Fomenting Tension, Extremism

January 11, 2016
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Iran’s foreign minister has published an op-ed in The New York Times accusing Saudi Arabia of attempting to derail Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, promoting extremism and perpetuating tension in the Middle East. The move comes after Saudi Arabia beheaded a Shiite cleric as part of the mass execution of 47 people. In response, Iranian protesters torched part of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, an act Iranian officials have condemned. After the burning, Saudi Arabia and its allies broke ties with Iran. In his op-ed, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif writes: "The Saudi leadership must now make a choice: They can continue supporting extremists and promoting sectarian hatred; or they can opt to play a constructive role in promoting regional stability."

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