Iran president: Apology to Saudi Arabia out of the question

Iran wants to put an end to tensions with Saudi Arabia, but has no intention of offering an apology for the assault on Riyadh's embassy in Tehran, President Hassan Rowhani said Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia ended diplomatic relations with Shiite Iran after protesters stormed the Saudi embassy earlier this month. They were angered by the execution of a prominent Shiite spiritual leader, Nimr al-Nimr, by majority-Sunni Saudi Arabia.

"Those who asked for an official apology from our part do not know the ABC of diplomacy," Rowhani said at a press conference in Rome.

The president said the Saudis should themselves apologize for beheading al-Nimr and for their "fruitless" bombing of Yemen and "unsuccessful designs" in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.

The Saudis "are angry and are looking to cover up their failures," Rowhani continued. "They are angry, but they could find other ways to calm down."

However, he did promise that the people who led the embassy assault "will be condemned" by Iranian courts and concluded: "we do not want tensions to increase, because they do not come from us, we are not looking for confrontation."

Last update: Wed, 27/01/2016 - 12:56

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