Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, left, greets Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari upon his arrival to the 29th International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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Iraq offered to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran to end their dispute triggered by Riyadh's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric, saying Wednesday it could spill over into the rest of the region.Sunni Muslim power Saudi Arabia executed Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr on Saturday, prompting protesters to raid Saudi Arabia's embassy in Iran.The Iraqi government was trying to walk a middle line between Iran and the Arab countries in order to keep the momentum on the campaign against ISIS, said Mona Alami, a Beirut-based analyst at the Atlantic Center think-tank.Iran's foreign minister Zarif accused Saudi Arabia of rebuffing Iran's offers to cooperate on "terrorism and extremism," while Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused Riyadh of fueling regional tensions.
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