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Situation in Saudi Arabia and in Iran (debate)

Ilhan Kyuchyuk (ALDE ), in writing

Undoubtedly, the past few months have been crucial for Iran and Saudi Arabia. On the one hand, the nuclear deal allows Iran to return to the international scene. On the other, it is obvious that after the death of King Abdullah, Saudi Arabia has taken a different path and the increasing numbers of death penalties prove that fact. The execution of the prominent Shia cleric has completely shaken both the Muslim world and the fragile political situation in the Middle East. This has resulted in the rupture of diplomatic relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia – two powerhouses, major rivals of the Muslim world and important players in the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. This further instability in the region comes at a particularly sensitive moment – the growing influence of Daesh and the worst refugee crisis of our time. Therefore, the EU should play an active role in diplomatic efforts to de-escalate tensions between the two countries. The peace process in the Middle East fully depends on good relations between both powers, and any deepening of the conflict could have incorrigible consequences.

Тази публикация е достъпна и на следните езици: Bulgarian