Storming diplomatic places ‘unjustified, illegal’

TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) – Foreign Ministry spokesperson has rejected remarks in an open letter expressed by purported leader of the crowd storming the Saudi embassy in the aftermath of execution of Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr last year.

Bahram Ghasemi told reporters that the attack was by no means justified and harbored no ethics and conventions; “the content of the open letter, we believe, is baseless and justifying an unjustified act which only served Saudi and Zionist interests; the court is still examining their case; their act was damaging enough to national interests,” he told reporters.

“No legal and conventional pretext would justify engaging in actions which only satisfy Zionists and Saudi child-killer petty kingdom,” Ghasemi added.

In the rallies following the execution of Nimr Mohammad Baqir al-Nimr, which was fermented enough due to Mina tragedy earlier in 2015, a group of the mob whom the authorities had entitled ‘rogue elements’ stormed Saudi embassy and set fire on the embassy. Their case had been open in the court after the government promised to punish the perpetrators of the attack.

After the event, Saudi Arabia found the pretext to sever diplomatic contacts with Iran in all levels and verbal fisting between officials of both countries escalated in unprecedented levels as Saudi officials have so far refused to bring to justice two security officers in Jeddah airport who assaulted two Iranian teenagers, stalled paying blood money and compensation for nearly 500 pilgrims killed in Mina and showed no cooperation in paving the way for Iranian pilgrims to attend Hajj rituals by denying granting visa to Iranian officials who wanted to go to Saudi Arabia to negotiate the issue. Only recently had the negotiations of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization yielded some results with Saudi officials on travel by Iranian hajj pilgrims. Saudis had reportedly taken no official responsibility to guarantee the security of the pilgrims, citing the pretext that it would incur political responsibilities.

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