Scrolling news:

UN Security Council urges Iran to protect Saudi missions

5th Jan 2016
UN Security Council urges Iran to protect Saudi missions

NEW YORK (AA): The UN Security Council on Monday urged Iran to protect Saudi consular property and personnel in the country following a diplomatic row over the execution of a prominent Shia Muslim scholar.

“The members of the Security Council recalled the fundamental principle of the inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises, and the obligations on host governments … to prevent any disturbance of the peace of these missions or impairment of their dignity,” the 15-member body said in a statement.

Tensions between the regional rivals skyrocketed after Saudi Arabia executed Shia Muslim scholar Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and 46 others on Saturday after they were convicted of terrorism-related charges.

The move was met with an angry reaction from both Iranian government and protesters, who launched attacks on Saudi missions in Tehran and Mashhad on Sunday. In response, Riyadh severed diplomatic ties with Iran.

The Security Council condemned Sunday’s attacks on Saudi missions and “called on all parties to maintain dialogue and take steps to reduce tensions in the region,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon phoned the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and Iran to urge both countries to avoid actions that could further exacerbate tensions, according to his spokesperson’s office.

Also on Monday, Saudi Arabia’s UN Ambassador Abdallah al-Mouallimi said that the two countries would have “normal relations” if Iran “cease and desist from interfering in the internal affairs of other countries, including our own”.

Iran and Saudi Arabia, which support opposing sides in the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, play key roles in the ongoing peace efforts to end fighting in these countries.

“We will continue to work very hard to support the peace efforts in Syria, in Yemen,” Mouallimi told reporters in New York, adding: “The Iranians, even before the break of diplomatic relations, have not been very supportive and have not been very positive in these peace efforts … and I don’t think the break in relations is going to dissuade them from such behavior”.

Author: Mustafa Çağlayan
[Photo: Iranian security forces members stand guard as the demonstrators hold posters of Nimr Baqir al-Nimr and shout slogans during a protest rally outside the embassy of Saudi Arabia against the execution of prominent Saudi Shia cleric Nimr Baqir al-Nimr by Saudi authorities, in Tehran, Iran on January 2016. Stringer/AA]

Leave a Comment

What is 8 + 9 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)

Over 120 people attended a landmark conference on the media reporting of Islam and Muslims. It was held jointly by The Muslim News and Society of Editors in London on September 15.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence event is to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to society. Over 850 people from diverse background, Muslim and non-Muslim, attended the gala dinner.

Latest Tweets

Betboo Porno izle Mobile porn hilesi