January 6, 2016 / 10:41 PM / 2 years ago

Obama, Abadi discuss concern over Saudi Arabia execution in call

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Wednesday discussed their “mutual concern” over Saudi Arabia’s execution of Shi‘ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr and attacks on Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Iran, the White House said.

Shi'ite Muslims hold pictures of Shi'ite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr during a protest against his execution in Saudi Arabia, in Basra, January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Essam Al-Sudani

“They agreed on the need for all regional parties to demonstrate restraint, avoid provocative rhetoric or behavior, and avoid a worsening of sectarian tensions,” the White House said in a statement. “They agreed on the importance that all parties maintain diplomatic engagement and dialogue.”

Reporting by Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton; Editing by Eric Walsh

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