Flames rise from Saudi Arabia's embassy during a demonstration in Tehran January 2, 2016. (Reuters)
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Iran sent a letter on Monday to the U.N. Security Council expressing its “regret” over attacks by protesters on Saudi missions in the Islamic republic, vowing to prevent any similar incidents in the future.
Iranian protesters attacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran following Saudi Arabia’s decision to execute Shia religious figure Nimr al-Nimr along with 46 other mostly Sunni convicts on terrorism charges.
Shia minorities across the Middle East have been demonstrating after Nimr’s execution.
Saudi Arabia is adamant Nimr got a fair trial. Many of the men executed had been linked to attacks in Saudi Arabia between 2003 and 2006, blamed on al-Qaeda.
Iran’s foreign ministry said Saudi Arabia was using the attack on its embassy in Tehran as a pretext to fuel tensions..
The statement came after Iran was given a 48-hour deadline to remove its diplomatic mission from Riyadh.
“Iran is committed to providing diplomatic security based on international conventions. But Saudi Arabia, which thrives on tensions, has used this incident as an excuse to fuel the tensions,” Hossein Jaberi Ansari, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman, said in televised remarks on Monday.