February 14, 2016 / 12:06 PM / 2 years ago

Saudi Arabia says Switzerland to handle its consular affairs in Iran

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.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir delivers a statement after a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department in Washington, February 8, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

“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.

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

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