Iran accuses Saudis of supporting terrorism,will pay a high price for it's policies after execution of Shia cleric. (Taz).
Iran strongly condemned the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, top Shia cleric, by Saudi Arabia, accusing the Saudi government of supporting “terrorist” groups.
The Saudi government supports “terrorist and extremist” groups, while executing and suppressing domestic critics, the spokesman of Iran's foreign ministry, Hossein Jaber Ansari said, semi-official Fars news agency reported Jan. 2.
He further referred to Sheikh Nimr’s execution as “imprudence and irresponsibility.”
Jaber Ansari also said that the Saudi government will pay a “high price” for its policies.
The Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry said Jan. 2 that 47 "terrorists" including al-Nimr and al-Qaeda-affiliated Faris al-Zahrani were executed.
In a press release read on state TV, the ministry listed the names of all those it said were already convicted on charges of terrorism.
The death sentence of al-Nimr, who led anti-government protests in the country's east, was confirmed by the Supreme Court in last October.
Iran and Saudi Arabia, the region's foremost Shiite and Sunni Muslim powers hold different views over several regional issues such as the situations in Syria, Yemen and Bahrain.
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 Foreign Ministry on Saturday afternoon summoned the Saudi Arabian chargé d'affaires in Tehran to condemn execution of prominent Saudi Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr, IRNA reported.
According to IRNA, Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian summoned the Saudi chargé d'affaires Ahmad al-Movaled to voice Iran's strongly worded protest against execution of prominent Saudi Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr.
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