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Wednesday, 27 January 2016 14:42

Saudi execution of Sheikh Nimr was big mistake: President Rouhani

Saudi execution of Sheikh Nimr was big mistake: President Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani says Saudi Arabia's execution of prominent religious figure Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr earlier this month was a big mistake.


According to Press TV, the President made the remark during a press conference in the Italian capital of Rome, where he is on a state visit.

Answering a question from reporters, President Rouhani said Saudi officials should apologize for the killing of Nimr, the massacre of the Yemeni people, the killing of a large number of people during last year's Hajj rituals, and the support of terrorists active in the region.

Regarding the assaults on Saudi diplomatic missions in the Iranian capital, Tehran, and the city of Mashhad following the killing of Sheikh Nimr, the President said Iran has fulfilled all of its duties to reduce tensions.

Saudi Arabia announced on January 2 that it had executed Sheikh Nimr, an outspoken critic of the regime in Riyadh. The execution caused international outrage and sparked anti-Saudi demonstrations in many countries, including Iran.

"We condemned the raid on the embassy, (and) identified and arrested the assailants... [They] will be tried. But Saudi measures in continuing tensions are unjustifiable," President Rouhani said.


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