Saudi Arabia says Switzerland to handle its consular affairs in Iran

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 14, 2016 7:05 AM

RIYADH (Reuters) - Switzerland will handle Saudi Arabia's consular affairs in Iran and will facilitate Iranian pilgrims coming to the kingdom, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said on Sunday, following a diplomatic dispute between Riyadh and Tehran.

"Switzerland offered to ... handle the (consular) interests of Saudi Arabia in Iran, and we in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia appreciated that and accepted," Adel al-Jubeir told a joint news conference with his Swiss counterpart.

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He also said, however, there was no need for mediation in its rift with Iran.

(Reporting by Angus McDowall, writing by Sylvia Westall, editing by Larry King)