The Iranian and U.A.E. Foreign Ministers Are Trolling Each Other on Twitterby and
The foreign ministers of Iran and the United Arab Emirates have turned Twitter into a new front in the ongoing Iranian-Saudi diplomatic spat.
Tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia has intensified since the Saudi execution of a leading Shiite Muslim cleric, Nimr al-Nimr, on Jan. 2.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif kicked things off on Wednesday morning with this oblique message to his 363,000 followers:
He didn't specifically mention Saudi, but few thought he was referring to anyone else. A few hours later he was at it again, this time mentioning the quick release of 10 U.S. sailors held by Iran for entering its territorial waters.
Later in the day Zarif's Emirati counterpart, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan – a staunch Saudi ally – hit back. He has 2.58 million followers.
He didn't reply directly to Zarif's tweet, but his choice of hashtag didn't leave much to the imagination.
It's not clear what sparked this exchange, but on Monday he compared a recent op-ed by Zarif in the New York Times to the writings of a "Scandinavian foreign minister".
With no end to the diplomatic disagreements in sight, this feud could be worth following.