BEIJING: China on Monday voiced concern over a row between Iran and Saudi Arabia, calling on the two countries to keep calm and show restraint.
“China is paying close attention to the development of the situation, and worries about the escalation of regional conflict caused by their row,” said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying at a regular press briefing.
Hua’s remarks came after Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday it would cut off diplomatic ties with Iran, and asked all Iranian diplomats to leave within 48 hours.
Late on Saturday, angry Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi diplomatic mission to protest Saudi Arabia’s execution of 47 individuals on terrorism charges.
“We hope all relevant parties can strengthen communication and cooperation in anti-terrorism. We also hope the security and dignity of diplomats and missions can be ensured,” Hua said.
She called on the two sides to keep calm, show restraint and properly resolve disputes through dialogue and consultation in order to maintain the region’s peace and stability. NNI