Tehran: Iranians protesting against the execution of a Shia leader by Saudi Arabia set parts of Saudi embassy on fire in Iran’s northeastern religious city of Mashhad on Saturday, Tabnak news website reported.
The move came after the Saudi Interior Ministry announced on Saturday that 47 people, including the prominent Shia leader Nimr al-Nimr, were executed on terrorist charges.
The protesters gathered in front of the Saudi consulate and chanted slogans against the Arab state’s authorities, according to the report.
They pulled down the flag of Saudi Arabia from the building of the consulate and throw handmade crackers which caused a fire in part of the building, it said.
Earlier on Saturday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry summoned Saudi Arabian charge d’affaires to Tehran and strongly condemned the execution of Nimr al-Nimr.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian conveyed the strong protest of the Islamic republic to the Saudi envoy, Ahmed al-Muwallid, over what he called the “irresponsible behaviour” of the Saudi officials in this regard, according to the state TV. (IANS)
Iran president Hassan Rouhanito come on a three-day visit to India
The visit will be used to discuss trade and policies between the two countries
Business traders of both the countries will do a meeting soon too
Iran President Hassan Rouhani will come on a three-day visit to India starting Thursday at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the External Affairs Ministry announced on Wednesday.
Modi and Rouhani will hold a bilateral meeting here on Saturday, during the course of which both sides would review the progress achieved in bilateral relations and also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest, according to a ministry statement.
Rouhani will also call on President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday.
According to Iranian news agency Irna, Rouhani will first arrive in Hyderabad on Thursday where he will meet the city’s Muslim Ulemas. He will also meet Iranian nationals, including students, residing in India.
Citing the Iran President’s deputy chief of staff for communications and information Parviz Esmaeili, Irna said following the delegation-level talks on Saturday, both sides will sign a number of agreements.