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Syrian Rebel Factions Back Saudi Arabia in Iran Dispute

Dozens of armed rebel groups rally behind Saudi Arabia's decision to cut diplomatic ties with Iran following execution of Shiite cleric
Syrian Rebel Factions Back Saudi Arabia in Iran Dispute

A total of 26 Syrian armed opposition groups endorsed and supported Saudi Arabia's cutting of diplomatic ties with Iran amid rising sectarian tensions sparked by the kingdom’s decision to execute leading Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.

In a joint statement, the groups said the Iranian regime is the key factor in destabilizing the region due to its unlimited support for President Bashar al-Assad's criminal gang in Syria.

Saudi Arabia announced Sunday it was severing its ties with Iran after its embassy in Tehran was firebombed following the execution of Sheikh Nimr.

The Saudi move is a clear reaction against Iran’s intervention in the affairs of Arab states, such as arming and supporting Shiite militias, the statement added.

The groups expressed their readiness to support the kingdom in any future steps, calling on Arab and Islamic states to deter Iran's agenda of worldwide terror.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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