President Rouhani: Cutting ties with Iran covering Saudi crimes

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined that Saudi Arabia seeks to divert the public opinion from its cruel beheading of prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr through diplomatic tumult with Tehran, and called on advocates of human rights to break silence on Riyadh’s crimes.

Speaking in a meeting with Danish Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen in Tehran on Tuesday, President Rouhani referred to the execution of Sheikh Nimr and 46 others for criticizing the Saudi government, and said, “Criticism shouldn’t be punished by beheading and we hope that the European countries which always show reaction to the human rights issues comply with their human rights responsibilities in this regard too.”

“Of course, the Saudi government has embarked on a surprising action and cut off its political relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran to cap its crime of beheading a religious leader in the country while there is no doubt that such measures cannot cover up that big crime,” he added.

The Saudi interior ministry announced on Saturday that it has executed Sheikh Nimr and 46 others. After the news was released, angry Iranian protestors stormed the Saudi embassy following which Riyadh announced severing diplomatic ties with Iran.

President Rouhani described talks and diplomacy as the best way to settle the countries’ differences, and said the current conditions in the region need cooperation among all countries to save the country from the threat of terrorism.

“Tehran is ready to cooperate with other countries, including the EU states, to fight against terrorism,” he stressed.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir announced on Sunday that the country had severed diplomatic ties with Tehran and gave the Iranian diplomats 48 hours to leave the country.

Yet, Tehran says it is trying to send a plane to bring back home its diplomatic corps from Saudi Arabia, but the Saudis refrain from issuing the need permit to the plane to enter Saudi airspace.

After his remarks, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari lashed out at the Saudi regime for its dictatorial rule and projecting the blame on others for its big mistakes.

“The legal system in Saudi Arabia belongs to an outdated era. The system which relies on people and families is based on no constitution and they confront and suppress all political and social groups which seek development in this situation,” Jaber Ansari told reporters in Tehran on Monday.

Stressing that Saudi Arabia’s moves and actions have increased conflicts, clashes and tensions in the region, including igniting war against Yemen and supporting Takfiri terrorism, he said, “The country has also supported the terrorist groups in Iran.”

Jaber Ansari underlined that Saudi Arabia not only sees its interests and its survival dependent on continued tensions and conflicts, but also attempts to settle its internal problems through a blame game.

Noting that Saudi Arabia speaks with the language of suppression, execution and beheading with its domestic opposition, including Sheikh Nimr, he expressed confidence that the international community and the regional states will not allow Riyadh to promote its policy of fomenting tensions and instability in the world and the region through reverse policies.

Jaber Ansari referred to the incidents that happened to the Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran in recent days after the execution of Sheikh Nimr, and said Tehran acted upon its responsibilities and controlled the angry people’s sentiments and it is committed to protecting the security of diplomatic places and foreign diplomats.

He said that the Iranian diplomats who have been given 48 hours to leave Saudi Arabia are still in the country and will soon repatriate home respectfully.

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