Tuesday, January 5, 2016

UN Security Council condemns attack on Saudi embassy in Iran

The UN Security Council on Monday strongly condemned an attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran by protesters angry over Riyadh's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric.

The statement by the 15-member council made no mention of the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and called on Iran to protect diplomatic personnel and property.

Whereas Iran's UN envoy Gholamali Khoshroo has expressed "regret" over two attacks on Saudi Arabian diplomatic missions, saying the Islamic Republic will spare no effort in arresting and prosecuting those responsible.

Khoshroo said in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday that the Islamic Republic "will take necessary measures to prevent the occurrence of similar incidents in the future."

  • 'No effect' from crisis on Syria, Yemen: Saudi
Saudi Arabia's decision to break off relations with Iran should have no impact on peace efforts in Syria and Yemen, Riyadh's envoy to the United Nations said Monday.

"From our side, it should have no effect because we will continue to work very hard to support the peace efforts in Syria and Yemen," Saudi Ambassador Abdallah al-Mouallimi told reporters.

International fears were growing that the Saudi-Iranian rift would derail peace efforts in Syria and Yemen and two UN envoys were dispatched to Riyadh to keep diplomatic gains afloat.

The envoy said Saudi Arabia "will attend the next Syria talks and we are not going to boycott them because of Iran" but he also took a swipe at Iran's role in the search to end the nearly five-year war in Syria.

"The Iranians even before the break of diplomatic relations have not been very supportive, not very positive in these peace efforts," said Mouallimi.

"They have been taking provocative and negative positions.. and I don't think the break in relations is going to dissuade them from such behavior."

The Saudi envoy spoke as the UN Security Council haggled over the wording of a statement on the Saudi-Iranian tensions.

In a letter to the council, the Saudi ambassador called on the council to "take all appropriate measures to ensure the inviolability of diplomatic facilities and the protection of all Saudi diplomats in Iran."

Riyadh also defended the execution of 47 men including Nimr, saying in a letter to Ban that they were "granted fair and just trials without any consideration to their intellectual, racial or sectarian affiliation."

UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura was in Riyadh for talks and was to head later this week to Tehran to seek assurances that hard-won gains in the Syria peace process were not in jeopardy.

De Mistura is counting on broad support to launch peace talks between President Bashar al-Assad's government and the opposition in Geneva on January 25 -- the culmination of a three-month effort involving all key players........http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/middle-east/97965-160105-un-security-council-condemns-attack-on-saudi-embassy-in-iran


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