Saudi Arabia breaks off diplomatic relations with Iran after Sheikh Nimr's execution and an attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran.
Responding to Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif's comments that Iran is "open to dialogue with its neighbors", Saudi Arabia's Adel al-Jubeir blames Iran for recent tensions in the Middle East and for attacks on ships and oil facilities; which Iran denies.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says the international community must take a firm stand on Tehran and that if confirmed Iran is behind the attacks against the oil facilities, Saudi Arabia will "take the necessary steps" to "respond appropriately".
Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif states that the "genocidal taunts" of U.S. President Donald Trump "won't end Iran", in response to President Trump's comments that if Iran attacked U.S. interests, "that will be the official end of Iran." He also blasted Saudi Arabian Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir for his previous May 19 remarks regarding Iran.
Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif and army chief General Raheel Sharif will visit Riyadh on Monday and Tehran on Tuesday to launch mediation efforts between Iran and Saudi Arabia for normalization of relations and to ease the tensions in the region after Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr and an attack on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran. [http:--www.dawn.com-news-1233549-pm-coas-to-visit-iran-s-arabia-for-mediation (DAWN)] [http:--www.pakistantoday.com.pk-2016-01-17-national-pakistan-decides-to-intervene-in-saudi-iran-row- ("Pakistan Today")] [http:--economictimes.indiatimes.com-news-international-world-news-pakistan-pm-nawaz-sharif-heads-to-saudi-arabia-iran-in-bid-to-mend-rift-articleshow-50603596.cms ("India Times")]date=August 2019