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Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that Saudi Arabia cannot evade its "big mistake" of executing a prominent Shiite cleric by cutting diplomatic ties with Iran.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Saudi Arabia cannot evade its "big mistake" of executing a prominent Shiite cleric by cutting diplomatic ties with Iran, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has said.

Amir-Abdollahian said, as cited by Iran’s Press TV broadcaster late Sunday, that Riyadh "cannot cover" up its "big mistake" of executing Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr by cutting ties with Tehran.

Al-Nimr was among 47 people convicted on terrorism charges whose execution Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday, setting off a diplomatic row and exacerbating sectarian strife.

"Iran is one of the safest countries in the region," said Amir-Abdollahian, who was the first Iranian official to react to Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir’s announcement that Riyadh would move to sever diplomatic relations with Tehran.

Saudi Arabia accused Iran of not intervening in the late Saturday attack on a Saudi embassy and consulate in the two most populous Iranian cities of Tehran and Mashhad.

Demonstrators have set the embassy building on fire and seized Saudi flags in both missions before authorities moved in to arrest some of the perpetrators.

Iranian diplomats were ordered to leave the country within 48 hours, while 47 of Saudi diplomatic mission staff have safely returned to their homeland with the help of the United Arab Emirates.

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  • Jg38691
    "Big Mistake" is Iran...hypocrites do the exact same thing and call for destruction of Jews and Americans. F-off to Iran and Kookomheni. Israel will pound you into dust....and shame on Russian Christians for willingly being led to slaughter by Iranian liars.
  • gmprattin reply toJg38691(Show commentHide comment)
    Jg38691 says Iran does "the exact same thing" as the Saudi murder of a Shia cleric. What Sunni cleric does Jg38691 think Iran has murdered?
  • art
    Iran had immediately changed the name of the street Saudi Embassy was on to Martyr Nimr Street. Imagine Saudis had to change the Embassy address on their website to like:
    2525 Martyr Nimr Street
    Tehran, Iran 25252
    Some say this was too much to take and decided to move to another address.
  • in reply togmpratt(Show commentHide comment)
    gmpratt, He is just a dumb troll.
  • mario2015
    The noose is tightening, the air is getting thin & the isralie/collation of thieves liers & Murders are getting more more desperate as each second passes. The seconds handle on their clocks wrist watch etc are getting louder & louder.... & louder...
    All those crazy rats..... Getting crazier by the second. Tick, tick, tick...................
  • mario2015
    Religion is a double edge sword. It has for a long time been used as a tool to steer the masses. Just ask bibi or the pape in the vatican.
  • justnfreein reply toart(Show commentHide comment)
    art, Yep, They also changed name of street that British Embassy resides in to Bobby Sands!!
  • artin reply tojustnfree(Show commentHide comment)
    justnfree, now that you say it, I remember that.
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