Jordan summons Iranian ambassador over Saudi tensions: media

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Jordan summoned Iran’s ambassador in Amman on Wednesday to condemn an attack on the embassy of Saudi Arabia in Tehran and “Iranian interference” in Arab affairs, Jordanian state news agency Petra reported.

Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia have spiraled since the execution of a Shi’ite cleric in Saudi Arabia.

Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran early on Sunday and Shi’ite Iran’s top leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, predicted “divine vengeance” for the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, an outspoken opponent of the ruling Al Saud family.

The Jordanian government stressed its condemnation “of the Iranian interference in the internal affairs of Arab states”, the Petra news agency said. It also rejected Iranian statements it said represented “interference in internal Saudi affairs”.

The Iranian ambassador was told to relay the Jordanian position to his government immediately.

Saudi Arabia cut ties with Iran on Sunday. Arab states Bahrain and Sudan have also cut ties with Iran, while the United Arab Emirates partially downgraded its relations with Iran.

Iran has accused the Sunni Muslim monarchy of Saudi Arabia of using the attack on the embassy as an “excuse” to sever ties and further increase sectarian tensions.

Writing by Tom Perry; editing by Gareth Jones