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Spokesman: Iran committed to int'l conventions regarding diplomatic places

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Jan 4, IRNA -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari said here on Monday that the Islamic Republic of Iran is fully committed to the international conventions regarding diplomatic places.

Talking to reporters in his weekly press conference, Jaber Ansari reiterated that Saudi Arabia is trying to settle its domestic problems by playing blame games.

Referring to the demonstrations held in front of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and its Consulate in the northeastern city of Mashad by angry protesters over execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, he said it is not the first time in the world that incidents happen to embassies and consulates.

'The important point is, the host government has fulfilled its legal obligations aimed at safeguarding the diplomatic places and diplomats based on the international conventions,' Jaber Ansari added.

'Saudi Arabia is trying to escalate tensions in the Middle East, imposing the bloody war in Yemen and pursuing the policies aimed at fueling insecurity and instability in the region,' he said.

'It seemed that the Saudies not only benefit, but consider the continuation of theie existence from escalating tensions and fueling conflicts in the region and are playing a blame game aimed at settling its domestic problems,' the spokesman added.

'Saudi Arabia's ruthless behavior with demands of freedom-seeking people, domestic crackdown and beheading of opponents, including the martyr Sheikh Nimr, indicates that this Arab country is engulfed by domestic and foreign crises and is perusing policy of escalating tension in the region,' he said.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir announced on Sunday that Riyadh severed its diplomatic relations with Tehran one day after the government and people of Iran protested to execution of the prominent cleric Sheikh Nimr.

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