Saudi Arabia’s charge d’affairs in Tehran was summoned after three Iranians were executed, reportedly for drug trafficking. The executions have resulted in a further deterioration in relations between the two countries involved in a number of proxy wars in the Middle East.
Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry announced the Nov. 8 executions of the three Iranians in the eastern city of Dammam, according to the official Saudi Press Agency. The report said the three individuals, Nabi Baksh Jos, Mohammad Akram Baloch and Omid Bolideh, were arrested in the Persian Gulf waters attempting to smuggle a large amount of hashish into the country. The Saudi appellate court and the king of Saudi Arabia both upheld the ruling, according to the report.