Swiss Play Role in Easing Tensions Between Saudi and Iran

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The Swiss Foreign Ministry announced on Oct. 25 that it had reached an agreement with Riyadh and Tehran to represent Iranian consular interests in Saudi Arabia and Saudi consular interests in Iran. The landmark agreement, which was personally negotiated by Swiss Foreign Minister and Federal Councilor Didier Burkhalter, was first initiated in January 2016, only weeks after Saudi Arabia and Iran severed diplomatic relations and thereby threatened to destabilize the fragile region even further.

In the long-standing feud between Riyadh and Tehran over competing regional policies, this crisis erupted when Saudi Arabia executed prominent Shiite cleric Shaikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr on Jan. 2, 2016.

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