|code: 324999||Date: 2012/06/26 - 22:11||source: ISNA|
Iran to pursue the execution of its nationals in Saudi Arabia
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Mehmanparast said Tuesday in a press conference that a legal-consular delegation will be sent to Saudi Arabia in connection with the execution of a number of Iranian nationals in the country, adding the lawyers of the executed and detained Iranians in Saudi Arabia would accompany the delegation.
Iranian high-ranking official stressed Iran's determination to hold Saudi officials accountable for executing the Iranian citizens in violation of international conventions.
He continued the detainees were deprived of their basic rights regarding the consular contact, having a lawyer or an interpreter.
He went on to say that Iran cannot ignore the issue of the executions and pass through the issue easily since no country; neither Saudi Arabia nor any other country has the right to treat Iranian nationals this way.
"This issue is very grave and we will pursue the subject legally and internationally, "Mehmanparast added.
He referred to Iran's extending invitation to Saudi Arabian King to attend the upcoming NAM Summit in Tehran, adding this issue is a different issue and the host country should officially invite all member states for the meeting.
Mehmanparast also referred to the recent issue between Turkey and Syria, adding the issue is very sensitive and that Iran is concerned about any probable action which may lead to instability in the region.
He noted Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has already called on the two sides to resolve the issue though talks, though breach of the countries' airspace is against international conventions and the issue is being pursued.
Mehmanparast referred to Salehi's meeting with his British counterpart William Hague, saying the meeting was held following the request of British side in Kabul. Ramin Mehmanparast added Iran accepted the request since it was concerned about the consular right's condition of its nationals in the country.
He continued the other side called for a mutual visit through a third party aiming to discuss bilateral ties.
Mehmanparast added two sides discussed opening Interests Section of the two countries in Tehran and London as well as regional developments.
He referred to Geneva conference which is to be about Syria and the probability of Iran's participation in the meeting, saying Iran's attendance depends on the dominant situation over the conference.
Iranian official added the country would examine all aspects and then would decide on the issue.