Official Stresses Calling Saudis to Account for Comments against Iran
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A few days after terrorist attacks in Tehran, Iranian Parliament speaker’s special adviser on international affairs, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, said Saudi Officials should be held accountable for their remarks about taking insecurity to Iran.
Asked about possible Saudi involvement in Wednesday’s terror attacks in Tehran, he said, “We are awaiting the (outcome of) investigations by security forces in this regard,”
He made the remarks while speaking to reporters on Sunday on the sidelines of a memorial service for those killed in the attacks.
Amir Abdollahian further referred to comments made by Saudi officials about taking war and insecurity to Iran and said they should be brought to account for such remarks.
He seemed to be pointing at comments last month by the Saudi deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman that any struggle for influence between Riyadh and Tehran would take place “inside Iran, not in Saudi Arabia”.
“We know that the aim of (Iran) is to reach the focal point of Muslims and we will not wait until the fight is inside Saudi Arabia and we will work so that the battle is on their side, inside Iran, not in Saudi Arabia,” Prince Mohammed said in a television interview.
On Wednesday morning, terrorists launched simultaneous attacks on Iran’s parliament building in downtown Tehran and on the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini, south of the city.
The assailants attacked the parliament building in the morning. Equipped with AK-47 assault rifles, handguns, grenades and suicide vests, the gunmen killed security guards and ordinary people before holding people hostage in the upper floors of the building.
They were all killed by the security forces after an operation that took several hours.
In the other attack at the shrine of Imam Khomeini, one suicide bomber blew himself up while the second one was killed in an exchange of gunfire.
At least 17 people were killed and more than 40 others were wounded in Wednesday’s attacks, which were claimed by the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group.