Rouhani asks judiciary to prosecute Saudi embassy attackers

World Wednesday 06/January/2016 21:16 PM
By: Times News Service
Rouhani asks judiciary to prosecute Saudi embassy attackers

Dubai: President Hassan Rouhani asked Iran's judiciary on Wednesday to urgently prosecute the people who attacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran.
Members of the UN Security Council released a statement on Monday condemning the attack, and another on a consulate in the city of Mashhad, "in the strongest terms".
"By punishing the attackers and those who orchestrated this obvious offence, we should put an end once and forever to such damage and insults to Iran's dignity and national security," Rouhani was quoted as saying in a letter published on the state news agency IRNA.
In the letter to the head of judiciary, Rouhani asked Sadeq Larijani, to bring those behind the attacks to justice.
Iranian police have already announced the arrest of 50 people for the attacks on the Saudi mission.
The Iranian government has distanced itself from the attack, saying the protesters entered the Saudi embassy despite widespread efforts by the police to stop them.
Meanwhile, Iraq dispatched its foreign minister to Tehran on Wednesday with an offer to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al Abadi sent Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al Jaafari to Tehran to help defuse the crisis. "We have solid relations with the Islamic Republic (Iran) ... and also we have relations with our Arab brothers and therefore we cannot stay silent in this crisis," Jaafari told the joint press conference in Tehran.
There was no immediate reaction from Saudi Arabia to the Iraqi mediation offer.