Row in the Middle east over the execution of a Shia cleric
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Monday asked the Iranian diplomats to leave the country within 48 hours.
Earlier on Sunday ,Iran’s spiritual supremo Ayatollah Ali Khammeini predicted “divine vengeance” for the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
The diplomatic war between the major Sunni and Shia powers divides the Middle east into two sects either supporting Riyadh or Tehran.
Iran’s first Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri blamed Saudi for its hastyand illogical actions and warned that it would be Saudi Arabia that lost out by sevening several; diplomatic tieas.
But, Saudi Foriegnn Minister Adel al-Jubair said on a Press conference in Riyadh that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia would not allow Iran to undermine its security. He also accused Iran for distributing weapons and planting terrorist cells in the region.
The Shiite Nations over the middle east regions condemns Saudi’s act of executing Sheikh Nimr who is known as the strong opponent of the ruling al Saudi family.The head of the Lebanese militia Sayyed Hassan Nasrullah described the execution as a message of blood and Iraqi Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr called for angry protests.
United States calls leaders in the middle east region to take “affirmative steps” to reduce the tensuions and encouraged the diplomatic engagement between the leaders in the region.
The execution of Sheikh Nimr,highly influencial among the younger shia activists, results in protest over many parts of the middle east region. In Tehran protesters barged into the Saudi embassy building, smashed furnitures and started fires before being forcefully ejected by the police. Bahrain Police used water cannons and fired bird shot to pushback the hundreds of protesters who chanted slogans against the al-Saudi family and the Sunni family ruling Bahrain. The gathering of protesters in Lebanon is addressed by the priominent Shia leader Hassan Nasrullah.
The United Nations strongly critics Saudi for executing 47 people in a single day. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein called Sunday’s execution was very disturbing as some of those sentenced to death were accused of non violent crimes.
Undoubtedly, the execution will adversely effects the regional efforts to resolve the Syrian and Yemen issues.