The international community is calling for calm after relations between Saudi Arabia and its regional rival Iran reach a new low. Saudi diplomats in Tehran have been recalled and Saudi Arabia is expelling all Iranian diplomats from the kingdom.
Middle Eastern leaders have proposed and discussed regional security initiatives at the Munich Security Conference. DW's Lewis Sanders says a deal based on guiding principles could help lower tensions in the region.
The Munich Security Conference traditionally reflects the current state of the world. This year's meeting was marked by reciprocal finger pointing. Real solutions were a scarce commodity, says Matthias von Hein.
The Iranian president has urged Saudi Arabia to end its war in Yemen and sever alleged ties with Israel to improve relations with the Islamic republic. Iran and Saudi Arabia have witnessed relations nosedive since 2016.
Israeli chess officials have urged organizers of the chess tournament to cancel Saudi Arabia's future games. But a Saudi diplomat said its decision was in line with the kingdom's historic relations with Israel.
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