Mabel Gonzalez, International Advisor and Consultant: Peace & Security
Thank you so much for accepting our questions. What could be the impact of the growing tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran for the execution of sheikh al-Nimr in the upcoming diplomatic talks about Syria?
There is little doubt that tensions between KSA and Iran have been among the factors impeding peace efforts in Syria over the past years. One of the main achievements of Vienna meetings is the presence of both Saudi and Iranian officials in the same room for two rounds of rather constructive discussions. The role of the US State Secretary was pivotal in this regard. Both countries have stated their willingness to pursue peace talks in Syria after the latest escalation, but it remains premature to judge how this will be reflected in real terms. Let's keep the hope. Continue reading...