Nigeria has taken a stand regarding the ongoing row between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the nation has made its position clear.
The minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, on Tuesday, January 12, urged the authorities of Saudi Arabia and Iran to defuse their diplomatic rift, saying that peace among the oil producing countries of the Middle East is essential in alleviating the declining oil price.
The minister made the appeal when the Iranian Ambassador to Nigeria, Saeed Koozechi, paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.
According to Daily Trust, Onyeama urged Iran to embrace peace irrespective of the setback which the killing of Sheikh Nimr Al-Nimr
might have caused the nation.
Onyeama stressed that Nigeria would always vote peace in the region. The minister, who regretted the shortfall in the oil industry, said the problems confronting the industry globally were partly due to the severed relationship between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
He enjoined Iran to assist Nigeria in its resolve to fight insecurity, corruption and to revive the dwindling economy. He said the visit of Nigerian delegation to Tehran was mainly to pledge its unwavering support for peace and development of the world’s economy.
In his response, the Iranian ambassador, appealed to its neighbours in the Middle East to embrace its arrangement with the international community to ensure that peace and stability return to the troubled region.
Saudi Arabia severed its diplomatic relations with Tehran after Saudi embassy in Iran was attacked by protesters of the execution of a leading Shia cleric, Sheikh Nimr Al-Nimr. Following the death of the prominent cleric, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Hossein Jaber Ansari, had said that Saudi Arabi will answer for the killing.