Iran Suspends Talks With Saudi Arabia After Execution Of 41 Shi’ite Muslims
March 14, 2022 | Tags: ZEROHEDGEIran Suspends Talks With Saudi Arabia After Execution Of 41 Shi'ite Muslims
Just when you thought there couldn't be more fantastic news coming down the pipe from a geopolitical perspective - with Russia's invasion of Ukraine and China's buzzing of Taiwan with fighter jets - now it looks like talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia have also broken down.
Iran has called off the talks "without giving a reason", before the fifth round of talks were supposed to take place this week, according to Reuters. The break down in talks comes as Iranian nuclear deal talks have also stalled.
Tehran had "condemned mass executions in Saudi Arabia that activists said included 41 Shi'ite Muslims" leading up to the breakdown in talks, Reuters wrote.
"Iran has unilaterally suspended talks with Saudi Arabia," Nor News, a website affiliated to Iran's top security body, said this week. Iran set no make-up date for the talks and the Saudis did not respond to a request for comment by Reuters.
The talks began last year to try and quell tensions between the Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Iran.
Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran in 2016, causing Riyadh to "sever ties" with Iran.
This past Saturday, Saudi Arabia said it executed 81 men, of which 41 were claimed to be Shi'ite Muslims from an area in eastern Qatif that is known for religious conflict. Iran said the executions were in "violation of basic human rights principles and international law".