Saudi espionage charges against Iran serves political motives

TEHRAN, Dec. 07 (MNA) – Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi rejected any link between Iran and the spying team sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

“Saudi Arabia must not seek to bring baseless accusations against Iran with the intention of political gains and increasing tensions in the region,” Bahram Ghasemi said.

“Iran has had no activity against international law and diplomatic principles in Saudi Arabia, and will not," Ghasemi said, rejecting baseless and unfounded accusations which serves for political motives.

At a time when the Islamic world and the region is in need of unity and should refrain from stressful issues, Ghasemi said, fabrication and spreading false accusations is not in the interest of any of the countries in the region.

He said Riyadh had not passed on “any information to the Islamic Republic of Iran regarding the alleged Iranian person” reportedly among the accused ones.

Ghasemi underlined that Iran’s principle policy toward Persian Gulf countries is mutual respect, good neighborliness, and no interference in domestic affairs of other countries.

A court in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday sentenced 15 people to death and several others to prison terms in a case claiming to spy for the Islamic Republic.

The defendants - comprising 30 Saudi Shia Muslims, one Iranian and an Afghan - were detained in 2013 on charges of espionage for Iran and went on trial in February.


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