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President Rouhani slams Saudi crime of executing Shahid al-Nimr

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Jan 3, IRNA -- President Hassan Rouhani slammed the Saudi Arabia crime of executing prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and said such an action only serves sectarian interests.

In a message on Sunday, the President termed the execution of Sheikh al-Nimr as a 'non-Islamic and non-human act which was carried out with the purpose of advancing sectarian policies and encouraging terrorism and extremism'.

He said the news of the execution of Shahid al-Nimr triggered a wave of grief across the Islamic world.

Condemning the inhuman act which he said violated human rights principles and Islamic values, the president expressed condolences to the Islamic world ulema and nations as well as the family of the martyred Sheikh.

He said the Saudi government certainly tarnished its image with world public opinion especially that of the Muslim countries by executing the Shia scholar.

The Iranian nation, alongside other Muslim nations, vigorously condemned the act but at the same time was determined not to let self-willed people and groups to indulge on illegal actions which would ultimately discredit the country, said the president.

He added what a group of extremist elements did in Tehran and Mashhad in damaging the buildings owned by the Saudi Arabian government – which are to be protected by the Islamic Republic of Iran government based on legal and religious regulations – is not to be justified at any account.

The President said this kind of behavior brings discredit on the Iranian government and nation at the first place.

President Rouhani reiterated the firm will of all officials to confront self-willed and criminal actions.

He urged the Iranian Interior Ministry to cooperate with the Judiciary officials and the Intelligence Ministry in taking decisive actions to identify elements behind such actions and introduce them to the judicial officials in a bid to put an end to such vulgar behaviors with the purpose of guaranteeing full safety of the foreign missions serving in Iran.

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