News ID: 134491
Published: 0630 GMT January 06, 2016

President calls for urgent punishment of attackers on Saudi missions

President calls for urgent punishment of attackers on Saudi missions

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in a letter to Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani, called for urgent punishment of those behind the attacks on Saudi missions in Tehran and Mashhad.

President Rouhani urged the judiciary chief to give priority to the issue, IRNA reported.

“Those behind this clear offence should be punished in order to prevent repetition of such actions in the future,” the president said.

The president called the attack on Saudi Embassy, “an attack against the country's security and the system's authority”.

On Sunday, Rouhani vowed to bring the perpetrators of the overnight attack on the Saudi Embassy to justice.

Demonstrations were held in the Iranian capital and other Iranian cities to condemn the execution of top Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr. Demonstrations were held, among other places, in front of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and its consulate in the northeastern city of Mashhad by protesters censuring Saudi Arabia.

Amid the largely peaceful protests, a group of people scaled the walls of the consulate in Mashhad while incendiary devices were hurled at the embassy in Tehran. Some 50 people were detained over the violation of the diplomatic perimeters.

Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic relations with Iran on Sunday following the incidents.

However, the Iranian president said the Riyadh’s move to sever diplomatic relations with Iran was aimed at covering the failure of Riyadh’s regional policies and undermining peace in the region.

“Saudi Arabia’s objective behind severing diplomatic ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran and encouraging and pressuring other countries to follow suit is to harm the process of peace, stability and security in the region,” Rouhani said during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Press TV reported.

Following the severance of Tehran-Riyadh ties, Bahrain, Sudan and Djibouti also cut relations with Iran while the United Arab Emirates downgraded its relations with the Islamic Republic and Kuwait recalled its Ambassador to Tehran.

Emphasizing that Saudi measures aim to cover up the regime’s domestic problems and its recent failures in the region, the Iranian president added that Riyadh’s regional policies have only led to oppression, aggression and spread of terrorism and aim to undermine stability and security in the region.

Referring to Saudi Arabia’s financial and weaponry support to terrorist groups in the Middle East, its military campaign against Yemen, and Riyadh’s efforts to prevent victory of Iraqi and Syrian governments over terrorists, the Iranian president noted that through these efforts, Riyadh seeks to create sectarian strife between Sunnis and Shias and fuel tensions in the Middle East.

Rouhani said Saudi Arabia along with the Israeli regime did their best from the very beginning of Iran’s nuclear negotiations with the world powers to undermine the talks, adding that they continue their “plot” to hamper the implementation of the agreement, but they will finally fail.

Iran and the P5+1 group of countries reached an agreement over Iran's nuclear program in 2015.


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