Germany urges Saudis, Iran to engage in dialogue
King Salman (L) and Iran president Rouhani
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BERLIN: Germany called on Saudi Arabia and Iran on Monday to talk to each other and use all options open to them to improve their bilateral relations after Riyadh cut ties with Tehran on Sunday.

“We urge both countries to engage in dialogue,” German government spokesman Steffen Seibert told a regular news conference. “We call on both countries, Saudi Arabia and Iran, to use all possibilities to improve their bilateral relations.”

Saudi Arabia cut its ties with Iran in response to the storming of its embassy in Tehran in an escalating row between the rival Middle East powers over Riyadh’s execution of a Shi’ite Muslim cleric.

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