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Iran's parliament urges FM to downgrade ties with Saudi Arabia

Iran's parliament urges FM to downgrade ties with Saudi Arabia

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Date: 2 January 2016 18:32

Vice Chairman of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said on Saturday that the commission in a letter to Foreign Ministry has called for reducing the number of personnel in Saudi Arabia Embassy in Iran, IRNA reported.

Hossein Sobhani-nia told IRNA that the parliamentary demand to downgrade diplomatic ties with the Saudi government comes in reaction to martyrdom of Saudi Shia Cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr.

The letter also made a reference to the Saudi hostile policies against Iran, failure of the Saudi government to pay reparations to Iranian families who lost their loved ones at Mina tragedy and failure to punish the Saudi policemen for harassment of two Iranian pilgrims in Jeddah airport.

The letter was forwarded to Foreign Ministry Saturday by Chairman of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi.

Sobhani-nia MP of Neishbour, further noted that currently 22 people are working in Iran's Embassy and Consulate in Riyadh while the number of Saudi Arabia Embassy and Consulate staff stands at 60, which is requested to be brought down due to the Saudi Kingdom's hostile policies.

In a blatant violation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and the Geneva Convention about Human Rights, the Saudi government martyred 47 people including the Shia religious leader.

Iranian government protested to the Saudi Kingdom over violation of human rights and the unacceptable magnitude of death sentences and failure to respect the lofty status of the Shia religious leader and expects the United Nations to stop the Saudi leaders trampling upon rights of the Saudi citizens over its animosity toward the Shia community.

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