Iran warns Saudi to stop ‘adding fuel to fire’


Iran warned Saudi Arabia to stop working against it on Wednesday as their diplomatic crisis intensified despite efforts to defuse a row that has raised fears of regional instability.

In the latest salvo in a dispute that has seen Saudi Arabia and some of its Sunni Arab allies cut ties with Tehran, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Riyadh must end its prolonged efforts to confront Iran.

“For the past two-and-a-half years, Saudi Arabia has opposed Iran’s diplomacy,” Zarif said at a joint press conference in Tehran with Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari.

“Saudi Arabia has moved against our efforts and, unfortunately, they opposed the nuclear agreement,” Zarif said.

“This trend of creating tension must stop. We need to stand united… and stop those who are adding fuel to the fire.”

The spike in tensions comes after Iran last year secured a historic nuclear deal with world powers led by the United States, causing major concern in longtime US ally Riyadh.