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    Iran Jails Perpetrators of January Attacks on Saudi Embassy in Tehran

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    Iranian authorities have imprisoned perpetrators of the attacks on the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Tehran, Culture Minister Ali Jannati said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Riyadh severed its diplomatic ties with Tehran following the attacks.

    "Perpetrators who stormed the embassy… were arrested and are now in prison… Tehran wants to find reasonable and balanced relations based on multilateral cooperation with the countries of the region," Jannati said as quoted by the Fars news agency and local media on Saturday.

    The minister stressed that the attack was condemned by Tehran "and the Iranian regime will hold accountable all sides involved in this incident."

    Iran and Saudi Arabia broke off diplomatic ties earlier this year after an outraged Iranian mob attacked the Saudi Embassy in Tehran following Riyadh’s decision to execute a prominent Shiite cleric. Bahrain, Sudan, Somalia, Comoros and Djibouti in solidarity with Riyadh also severed relations with Iran. Kuwait and Qatar decided to pull out their ambassadors to Iran, while the United Arab Emirates downgraded the level of diplomatic relations with Tehran.

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