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Iranian lawmaker Evaz Heidarpour

Iranian lawmaker Evaz Heidarpour

A senior Iranian lawmaker has called on the Foreign Ministry to immediately expel the Saudi ambassador from Tehran over the recent execution of a number of Iranian nationals in the kingdom. Evaz Heidarpour, a member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, also called on the Foreign Ministry to recall the Iranian ambassador to Riyadh. He referred to the executions as the “worst thing Saudi Arabia could have done to Iran,” noting the measure violated international regulations and conventions. “We call on the Iranian Foreign ministry, as the body in charge, to seriously deal with Saudi Arabia,” he added. He described the execution of 18 Iranian nationals as a “blatant insult” to Iran and added, “The move by the Saudi Arabia is, in fact, a declaration of war against the Islamic Republic of Iran” On April 18, Press TV reported that Saudi officials had executed eight Iranian sailors in the eastern city of Dammam without any legal proceedings. According to the Saudi Al-Tagheer news channel, the executions were carried out on April 15 on the order of the Saudi Interior Ministry. On May 30, the Persian-language Tabnak news website reported that Saudi officials in Dammam have executed 10 more Iranian citizens. The website added that a total of 25 Iranians are kept at Dammam prison and 18 of them have been executed in two stages. The prisoners are Iranian sailors who were arrested on a fishing boat in international waters 70 miles off the coast of Saudi Arabia six years ago on charges of drug possession. The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned Saudi Arabia's charge d’ affaires on June 11 to express the Islamic Republic’s strong objection to the executions and to announce that Tehran will pursue the case by means of relevant bodies. The Iranian Foreign Ministry also said it plans to send a delegation to Saudi Arabia over the issue. YH/AR/HGH/IS
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