Syrian opposition urges Arab states to cut Iran ties

Syria`s political opposition in exile urged all Arab countries on Monday to sever diplomatic ties with Iran after Saudi Arabia, a strong supporter of the Syrian opposition, cut relations with Tehran.

Reuters| Last Updated: Jan 05, 2016, 11:45 AM IST

Beirut: Syria`s political opposition in exile urged all Arab countries on Monday to sever diplomatic ties with Iran after Saudi Arabia, a strong supporter of the Syrian opposition, cut relations with Tehran.

Saudi Arabia has been rallying Sunni allies to its side in a growing diplomatic row with Iran, deepening a sectarian split across the Middle East following its execution of a prominent Shi`ite cleric.

The Turkey-based Syrian National Coalition declared its support for Riyadh`s move, calling on "all Arab and Islamic countries to take a similar step" and criticised what it said was Iran`s support for militias in Syria and Iraq.

Iran supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose forces, backed also by Russia, are fighting against an array of insurgent groups including rebels backed by Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region.

Sunni-Shi`ite tension in the region spilled over on Saturday night when Iranian protesters stormed the kingdom`s embassy in Tehran after Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shi`ite cleric.