Escalation of Iran-Saudi Arabia Row Could Have Disastrous Effects on the…

New York – The conflict that has erupted in the last few days in Iran and Saudi Arabia has the Middle East under further stress. Saudi Arabia’s execution on Saturday morning of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr was denounced by Iranians, who labeled it as a “crime.”On the same evening, angry Iranian protesters stormed and torched the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and the Saudi Consulate in the city of Mashad, in northern Iran. The confrontations led to a series of statements in which both the Saudi and Iranian governments have lashed out at each other’s actions, which ended in Saudi Arabia severing its ties with Iran.Moroccan political analyst M’hammed Grine listed the implications that this Middle Eastern crisis have not only in the region, but at the global level.“Although relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia have always been marked by tensions, but since the unrest triggered by Iranian pilgrims in Mecca, about fifteen years ago, tension between the two countries has never been as alarming,” the high ranking member of the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS) said in a statement to Morocco World News.“This event carries the risk of destabilization in the Middle East and beyond. If the situation escalates, this could greatly destabilize countries in the region, which are already grappling with precarious internal situations, like Yemen, Syria and even Iraq,” the graduate of the prestigious Centre d’Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques of Paris, added.In Morocco where public opinion is concerned about the crisis between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the authorities are following the development of the situation with “great attention”.There is a “fear that the current excesses will take an unmanageable dimension,” Grine said citing a statement from MAEC.“Morocco relies on the wisdom of the Saudi and Iranian officials to prevent the current situation from spreading to other countries in the region already facing many challenges and multiple elements of fragility,” the Moroccan government said on Sunday.The Moroccan politician firmly believes that due to the “strategic positions” and “key roles” of both countries in the conflicts of the region, this crisis must end to avoid further chaos.“If this crisis is not curbed, it could have adverse consequences on the resolution processes that have been initiated, which would further exacerbate tensions and threaten worldwide peace and security,” Grine said.A larger conflict would “thwart any efforts made by the international community to combat the scourges of our time, such as terrorism and transnational crime,” the analyst stressed.Moreover, Grine believes the religious implications of a violent fight between the two major Muslim communities in Saudi Arabia and Iran, would affect Islam worldwide.“This crisis carries the danger of a serious division within the Muslim world between Sunnis and Shiites, which would cause a disastrous cleavage and carries all risks and calamities,” the human rights advocates highlighted.Analyzing the detrimental effects of this conflict, Grine reflected on the possibility of putting an end to the fight and for both countries to reconcile their differences.“It is therefore clear that the escalation in the crisis between the two countries is in nobody’s interest,” he affirmed, adding that “the voice of wisdom around the world urges both countries to exercise restraint and circumspection.” read more