Tehran Condemns Attack on Saudi Embassy, Dismisses Responsible Official

© REUTERS / TIMA/Mehdi Ghasemi/ISNAFlames rise from Saudi Arabia's embassy during a demonstration in Tehran January 2, 2016
Flames rise from Saudi Arabia's embassy during a demonstration in Tehran January 2, 2016 - Sputnik International
Iran's Interior Ministry Spokesman Hossein-Ali Amiri has condemned the protesters attacks on Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran, claiming the deputy governor general of Tehran Province for security affairs has been dismissed, in this regard, due to the dereliction of his duties, local media reported.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Last weekend, protesters stormed the Saudi Arabian embassy in Iran after Riyadh executed top Iranian Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, along with dozens of other people convicted of terrorism. Al-Nimr had demanded more rights for Shiites, who are a minority in Saudi Arabia, where most citizens are Sunni Muslims.

"He [the deputy governor general of Tehran Province for security affairs] did not fulfill his duty in a timely manner and was sacked upon a decision by Interior Minister [Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli]," Amiri was quoted as saying by Press TV channel.

Shortly after the unrest, a diplomatic row erupted in the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia severing diplomatic ties with the region’s main Shiite power, Iran. Bahrain followed in Riyadh's footsteps, together with Sudan and Djibouti. The United Arab Emirates also scaled down its diplomatic representation in Iran and Kuwait recalled their ambassadors to Tehran.

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