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Date: 10 January 2016 20:07
Iran says it will not allow Saudi Arabia’s provocations to adversely affect ongoing efforts aimed at resolving the crisis in Syria, Press TV reported.
“What we are [currently] witnessing in the arena of regional developments is Saudi Arabia's agitating approach,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told the visiting United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, in Tehran on Sunday.
“Saudi Arabia intends to leave a negative impact on Syria’s crisis through its escalating actions,” he said, adding, “We will not allow Saudi Arabia’s tension-generating approaches to leave a negative impact on [the efforts aimed at the] resolution of the Syria crisis.”
Zarif's remarks come amid growing criticism of Saudi Arabia following the January 2 execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who was a vocal critic of Riyadh’s policies, alongside 46 other people.
The execution has provoked widespread global backlash, including in Iran.
Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic relations with Iran on January 3 following demonstrations held in front of the Saudi embassy in Tehran and its consulate in the northeastern city of Mashhad by angry protesters censuring the Al Saud family for the killing of Nimr.
Some people mounted the walls of the consulate in Mashhad while incendiary devices were hurled at the embassy in Tehran. Some 60 people were detained over the transgression.
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