(CNN) Following the execution of a prominent shiite clericc in Saudi Arabia, and as relations between the two Middle Eastern powerhouses deteriorate, Saudi and Iranian officials continue to trade barbs.
Iran is committed to protecting diplomatic missions, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson told the press Monday, and reiterated that there were no Saudi diplomats harmed — or even present — during an attack on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran. He added, however, that Kingdom is looking for “excuses” to further harm the two countries’ formal relations.
“When it comes to protecting and also safeguarding and observing international commitments regarding protection of diplomatic missions Iran naturally has taken proper action and will continue to do so,” Jaberi Ansari, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, said.
He added that Iran had acted to hold perpetrators of the attack on the Saudi mission accountable, but accused Riyadh of using the incident to ratchet sectarian tensions between the two.
“The Saudi government is looking to seek for some excuses to pursue its own unwise policies to further tension in the region,” he said.