Zarif: Sheikh Nimr execution another step in line with divisive policies

Tehran, Jan 3, IRNA – Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif condemned execution of Sheikh Nimr, describing the move as another step in line with divisive policies.

In separate telephone talks with a number of foreign ministers of regional countries, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini, Zarif denounced the inhumane move, saying that execution of the Saudi Shia cleric runs against international human rights standards.

The move is in line with supporting the extremist terrorists which have demolished the region and world, he said.

Warning about the dangerous consequences of such measures in encouraging extremism, Zarif stressed the need for coordinated regional and international moves to prevent such actions and for avoiding polices based on ribalism.

He also pointed out Iran's commitment to safeguarding diplomatic missions.