|MPs seek strong response to execution of Iranians in Saudi Arabia||
TEHRAN – Tehran will take appropriate measures in response to execution of a number of Iranian prisoners in Saudi Arabia for alleged involvement in drug trafficking, the rapporteur of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee has announced.
The news of the execution of the Iranian nationals came as a shock to Iranian officials because the Saudi Arabian government had previously told Tehran that it had granted a stay of execution to the Iranian prisoners.
“Saudi Arabia’s action in the current situation illustrates that they had not adopted a legal approach to deal with the issue, and had been seeking to take a politically motivated action,” MP Hossein Naqavi-Hosseini told the Persian service of IRNA on Saturday.
“Iran should take appropriate measures in response to Saudi Arabia’s action,” he said.
In addition, the lawmaker criticized relevant international organizations for remaining silent about the Arab kingdom’s actions which are in violation of international norms.
Saudi envoy should be expelled
MP Avaz Heydarpour of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee has called on the government to expel the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Tehran and recall the Iranian ambassador from Riyadh.
In an interview with the Persian service of the Mehr News Agency on Saturday, Heydarpour said, “This action was in violation of international regulations and conventions and was a severe blow to international diplomatic regulations.”
“We expect the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Foreign Ministry, as the relevant organization, to seriously deal with Saudi Arabia,” he said.
“In fact, Saudi Arabia’s action is tantamount to a declaration of war on Iran,” he added.
MP Mansour Haqiqatpour has also criticized the Saudi Arabian government for denying the Iranian prisoners their rights to have consular contact, lawyer, and interpreter.
“The Saudi government does not adhere to any principles of human rights,” he told Mehr on Saturday.
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|Last Updated on 16 June 2012 17:24|