Ayatollah Khamenei deplores attacks on Saudi, British embassies

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday lashed out at the recent attack on Saudi embassy in Tehran, but stressed that such moves should not turn into a pretext for undermining young Iranian revolutionaries.

The recent attack on Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Tehran, and before that, the attack on the British embassy, were both detrimental to Iran and Islam, Ayatollah Khamenei said in an address to a group of executive authorities responsible for holding the upcoming parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections.

Imam Khamenei further described the attacks as “a very bad and wrong move”.

The Leader, however, underlined that it should not be used as a pretext for undermining the youth who are devoted to the Islamic Revolution and Islam.

Furious demonstrators in the Iranian cities of Tehran and Mashhad stormed Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic buildings on January 3 in protest at Riyadh’s execution of prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.

Senior Iranian officials including President Hassan Rouhani condemned the Saudi execution of the cleric as well as the attacks on diplomatic missions.

By Tasnim News Agency