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Iran president vows to protect Saudi embassy in Tehran after series of attacks

Hassan Rouhani blamed "extremist individuals" who made attacks in response to Riyadh's execution of prominent Shi'ite cleric Nimr Al Nimr

Iran president vows to protect Saudi embassy in Tehran after series of attacks
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Getty Images)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pledged to protect the security of foreign missions and prosecute those responsible for attacking Saudi diplomatic posts, in a series of messages posted on his personal Twitter account on Sunday.

Rouhani blamed "extremist individuals" for the attacks, which targeted the Saudi embassy in Tehran and consulate in the northeastern city of Mashhad in response to Saudi Arabia's execution of prominent Shi'ite cleric Nimr Al Nimr.

He also condemned Saudi Arabia's execution of Nimr, calling it a violation of "human rights and Islamic values" and accusing the Sunni monarchy of pursuing "sectarian policies which have destabilized the region in recent years".

Demonstrators protesting Nimr's execution broke into the Saudi embassy building in Tehran earlier on Sunday, smashed furniture and started fires before being ejected by police. 

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