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Turkey’s Erdogan: Iran authorities took no measures to protect Saudi embassy

Turkey’s Erdogan: Iran authorities took no measures to protect Saudi embassy

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Date: 6 January 2016 17:17

Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 6

By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:

Iranian authorities didn’t take the necessary measures to protect the Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Tehran, said Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Jan. 6, the TRT Haber news channel reported.

President Erdogan further called the attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran unacceptable.

Relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran soured after execution of Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent Shia cleric, by the Kingdom along with other 46 people, which was followed by a strong protest from Iran.

Mass protests took place in Iran following the said execution. In particular, the Saudi embassy in the capital Tehran and the consulate in the city of Mashhad were attacked, after which Riyadh broke off diplomatic ties with Tehran on Jan. 3.

Earlier, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Abdullah al-Moallem said that relations with Iran will be restored only when Tehran stops “interfering in the internal affairs of other countries, including that of Saudi Arabia’s”.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry condemned the attack on the embassy of Saudi Arabia, and urged Tehran and Riyadh to resolve the crisis in relations diplomatically.

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