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Saudi seeks to impose own will on other nations: Iran

Iran Press TV

Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:42AM

Following the recent Arab League statement against the Islamic Republic, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari says Saudi Arabia seeks to impose its own will on other nations to give the impression that Riyadh is not isolated and alone in its policies.

"Saudi Arabia's policy is based on imposing its unilateral policies on other nations and governments," Jaberi Ansari said during his weekly press conference on Monday.

"Saudi Arabia is pursuing attempts within the framework of its unilateral policies both at the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC) and the Arab League to win allies and imply that it is not alone," Jaberi Ansari said.

Relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia have been strained in recent days following the Saudi execution of top opposition cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, which was announced on January 2.

Nimr's execution was widely censured by Muslims and human rights activists around the globe as well as different governments.

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 have been detained over the transgression.

The Iranian government immediately condemned the move by the "rogue" group, whose members were arrested, further asserting that the incident does not diminish Riyadh's accountability in Nimr's execution.

After a Sunday meeting of the Arab League, the 22-member body sufficed to issuing a joint statement backing Riyadh in the row with Tehran. Lebanon even refused to endorse that statement. Also in a statement on Saturday, foreign ministers of the ([P]GCC) went only so far as expressing their support for Saudi Arabia.

Jeberi Ansari said that Riyadh had failed to convince the majority of Arab states to follow suit and cut diplomatic ties with Tehran.

"Almost no government has definitively thrown its weight behind Saudi Arabia's unilateral policies with regard to severance of ties [with Iran] and [Riyadh's] tension-generating actions," he said.

Jaberi Ansari said that Saudi Arabia heavily lobbied and pressured Arab bodies but they refused to do as Riyadh wanted them to.

He said that the statements by the Arab League and the ([P]GCC) constituted 'some slogans' which were tantamount to a mere "declaration of stance."

The Iranian official said that the international community has widely condemned Nimr's execution, which was carried out "in violation of international law on human rights."

He said that the Islamic Republic adopts its policy "based on prudence and avoiding tension."

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