Egypt condemns attack on Saudi embassy in Iran, does not mention executions
Flames rise from Saudi Arabia's embassy during a demonstration in Tehran January 2, 2016. Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi Embassy in Tehran early on Sunday morning as Shi'ite Muslim Iran reacted with fury to Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric. REUTERS/TIMA/Mehdi

CAIRO: Egypt condemned the attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran and the consulate in Mashhad, according to a Sunday statement by Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abou Zeid.

Abou Zeid emphasized that diplomatic posts and their staff must be protected per international conventions. He did not mention the Saturday execution of 47 people over “terrorism” charges in the Kingdom.

Only four of those executed were Shiite, Reuters reported, but executing prominent Saudi Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr triggered protests among Shiite communities in the region.

After Saudi Arabia executed prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr on Saturday, protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Iran and torched some parts of it before the police intervened. There were also protests in Shiite-majority Qatif in the Kingdom’s Eastern Province that called for ousting the royalty.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed to secure foreign missions in his country and also denounced Nimr’s execution.

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