Turkish PM urges Saudi Arabia, Iran to use diplomacy

Turkish Prime Minister Davutoglu urges both parties to use diplomatic channels amid Riyadh - Tehran crisis

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Turkish Prime Minister and the leader of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Ahmet Davutoglu delivers a speech during AK Party's group meeting at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) in Ankara, Turkey on January 5, 2016.

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 Shiite cleric.

Speaking during a meeting of his governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party), Davutoglu said "Diplomatic channels must be given a chance immediately." 

"As Turkey, we are ready to offer any constructive help we can for a solution."

Davutoglu’s statement came after Saudi Arabia cut all ties with Iran on Sunday.

The tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia escalated after the execution of cleric Nimr Baqir al Nimr by Saudi Arabia. He was one of the 47 people executed on Saturday over terror crimes.

Early on Sunday, Iranians started protesting Saudi Arabia’s execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al Nimr and stormed Saudi embassy in Tehran.

Following the protests, Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties with Iran and gave 48 hours for Iranian diplomatic mission and related entities to leave the country.

Bahrain, the Shiite-majority Gulf state ruled by a Sunni family, and Sudan followed Riyadh in severing ties with Iran on Monday and called for Iranian ambassadors in protest at the attacks on Saudi missions to leave.

Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates also announced that the country downgraded its diplomatic relations with Iran, recalling its ambassador from Tehran.

TRTWorld and agencies