Iran admitted for the first time, on Friday, that it suffered economic and commercial damage as a result of the attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad.
In early January 2016, followers of the hard-line movement in Iran launched an attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran and the Riyadh consulate in Mashhad.
An Iranian official close to President Hassan Rouhani wrote, in a tweet through his official account on “Twitter”, today, Friday, that the attack on the Saudi embassy had exacerbated tensions and led to repercussions on Iranian exporters and the private sector.
“The attack on the Saudi embassy, in addition to hitting Iran’s post-nuclear agreement in 2015 with international powers, has exacerbated the tensions that Iranian exporters and the private sector have fallen victim to,” said Ali Reza Moazi, the assistant director of the Iranian President’s Office for Media Affairs.
Moezy added, alluding to the extremist movement’s attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran, “The attackers of the neighbor’s embassy cannot at the same time raise the slogan of trade with neighbors,” stressing that “commerce wants stability, not adventure and hostility.”
On Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attacked the supporters of the hard-line fundamentalist movement in the country, describing them as “idiots and idiots” who have caused strained relations between Iran and neighboring countries.
“Stupids and idiots prevented improving our relations with some neighbors,” Rouhani said in a speech during the inauguration of a number of projects affiliated with the Ministry of Energy, which was followed by the “Al-Ain News” correspondent in Tehran.
Referring to the need to improve diplomatic relations between Iran and neighboring countries: “God forgive those who did not allow us to improve our relations with some neighbors, and did childish and stupid things and attacked diplomatic centers.”
The Iranian president was referring to the supporters of the hard-line movement attacking and burning the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad in early January 2016, against the backdrop of Riyadh’s execution of the Shiite cleric Nimr Baqir al-Nimr after being convicted of terrorist issues.
The moderate candidate close to the reformist camp, Abdel Nasser Hemmati, accused his hard-line rivals in the presidential election debates scheduled for June 18, of supporting and supporting the attack on the Saudi embassy.
After the attack, Saudi Arabia and some Arab countries decided to cut diplomatic relations with Iran due to its failure to respect the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.