Iraq will mediate in Saudi/Iran row, says foreign minister

Iraq will mediate to try to resolve the diplomatic row between Iran and Saudi Arabia, its Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said on Wednesday, according to a translation of his comments.

He was speaking in a joint press conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif broadcast live on Iranian state television.

Jaafari’s translated comments were broadcast in a caption on Iran’s English-language channel Press TV.

Zarif said Saudi Arabia was fuelling tension in the region while Tehran was trying to defuse it. “Creating tension is not a sign of power, but weakness,” he said.

Source: Reuters