Iran blacklash: Saudi embassy stormed over execution of cleric Nimr al-Nimr

‘Any differences?’ Iran Supreme Leader’s cartoon equates ISIS with Saudi Arabia after executions
iranIran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, released an incendiary cartoon comparing Saudi Arabia to Islamic State, after Riyadh carried out a death sentence against opposition Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
The satirical picture showing Saudi and Islamic State executioners standing side-by-side, with English captions reading “Any differences?” was published on his official website on Saturday. Khamenei also released a statement on Sunday promising “divine” retribution against Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia – Iran’s regional archrival. read more

EU warns new Mideast tension risks Syria peace effort

The European Union’s foreign policy chief warned Iran‘s foreign minister on Sunday that renewed tension between Shi’ite Iran and Saudi Arabia’s Sunni monarchy could wreck efforts to find a political solution for the crisis in Syria.

Federica Mogherini said in a statement that she had spoken by telephone with Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, at length on Sunday morning after violence erupted in Iran following Saudi Arabia’s execution of a Shi’ite cleric.

Mogherini said she and Zarif had agreed that no effort should be spared by all parties to keep the situation under control and to prevent sectarian tensions from escalating. read more...