Iran Says Riyadh Thrives on Tension After Relations Cut

Iran’s Foreign Ministry said that they used an attack on its embassy in Tehran as a pretext to fuel tensions.

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Police officers try to disperse protestors during a protest in front of the Saudi embassy in Tehran, Iran. (Photo: AP)

After Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic relations with Iran, Iran’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday that they used an attack on its embassy in Tehran as a pretext to fuel tensions. Iran was committed to protecting its foreign diplomatic missions, the ministry added.

Earlier on Sunday, Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi embassy after Saudi Arabia executed Shi’ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, prompting Riyadh to withdraw its diplomatic staff and order Iranian diplomats to leave the Kingdom.

The protesters lit fires and smashed furniture in the embassy before being cleared out by the police, who made 40 arrests. No Saudi diplomats were in the embassy. Iranian officials condemned the attack as well as Nimr’s execution.

Iran has acted in accordance with its (diplomatic) obligations to control the broad wave of popular emotion that arose. Saudi Arabia benefits and thrives on prolonging tensions... (It) has used this incident as an excuse to fuel the tensions.

Hossein Jaberi Ansari, Foreign Ministry Spokesman

Ansari said Iranian diplomats had not yet left Saudi Arabia. They were given 48 hours to leave late on Sunday night.

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