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Date: 4 January 2016 13:22
Tehran, Iran, Jan. 4
By Mehdi Sepahvand – Trend:
Saudi Arabia has used recent protests around its embassy in Tehran as a tool to create further tension in the region, Iranian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari has said at a press conference.
He added Iran's security forces have taken control of the embassy and are acting to their duty in ensuring the safety of foreign diplomats on Iran's soil, Trend correspondent reported from Tehran January 4.
The remarks came after Saudi Arabia discontinued its diplomatic relations with Iran and expelled Iranian diplomats from the country, after Iranian protestors stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran and a Saudi consulate in Mashhad, Razavi Khorasan Province.
The Saudi embassy was torched in an attack Jan. 2.
The protestors were angry with Riyadh's act of executing Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr, whom Iran had long supported and warned against the execution of.
Al-Nimr was an outspoken religious leader who called for reform in the Saudi Arabian regime’s approach to minorities.
Ansari further accused Riyadh of “carrying criminal acts in Yemen and supporting terrorist groups in Syria.”
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian diplomat stressed good relations with neighboring country Turkey, pointing out that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in recent statements has underlined his country's ties with Tehran.
He also commented on the New York meeting on Syria and hoped Saudi Arabia will not find a chance to pursue its intensions to aggravate tension over the case.
Ansari further pointed to the Iran nuclear case, saying Israel and Saudi Arabia did whatever they could to prevent a deal between Iran and the world powers.
“They are sure to pursue their efforts to hamper the [implementation] process of the deal,” he stated.
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