Iran Informs EU on Steps to Protect Saudi Diplomats

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Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif informed on Sunday EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini on measures implemented by Tehran to protect Saudi diplomats amid protests following the execution of Shiite cleric Sheikh al-Nimr by Saudi Arabian authorities.

Protesters hold placards as they demonstrate against the execution of prominent Shi'ite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy in London, Britain January 2, 2016 - Sputnik International
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BRUSSELS (Sputnik) On Saturday, demonstrators protesting in Tehran against the execution of Sheikh al-Nimr attacked the Saudi embassy. Local police reportedly detained 40 protesters.

"During the long conversation, HRVP Mogherini was informed of the incident at the Saudi embassy and of the steps taken by the Iranian authorities to defuse the tensions and protect the Saudi diplomats," the European External Action Service (EEAS) said following the phone talks between the officials.

Sheikh al-Nimr was among 47 people convicted of terrorism whose execution was announced by the Saudi Interior Ministry on Saturday. He was sentenced to death on charges of inciting hatred and disobedience to the Saudi king in 2014.

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