US caught between Saudi Arabia, Iran

As the spiralling tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran threaten to unbalance its tightrope walk in the strife-torn West Asian region, the U.S has launched a massive diplomatic outreach to both countries, but would stop short of trying to “mediate.”

“We want to see these kinds of tensions solved bilaterally,” said John Kirby, State Department spokesperson.

Secretary of State John Kerry and several other officials are in touch with Iranian and Saudi functionaries to diffuse the situation, but Washington would avoid too close an involvement as it could complicate the matter, according to officials.

Saudi’s Sunni monarchy and Iran’s Shiite theocracy are bitter adversaries in the region, but are also part of a multilateral process led by the U.S and Russia to stabilise Syria.................Read more


Source: The Hindu

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