Jan 27, 2016, 3:18 PM
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President urges de-escalation of tensions with Saudi Arabia

Tehran, Jan 27, IRNA – President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday urged de-escalation of tensions with Riyadh, adding that Saudi Arabia is Iran's Muslim neighbor.

Speaking in a press conference at the end of his visit to Italy, he said that beheading a religious scholar was a big mistake and should be condemned.

'Nobody should be punished for protesting the government and calling for social justice among various sects,' Rouhani said.

He noted that Iran and Saudi Arabia are two important Muslim and neighboring countries and Tehran has always wanted good ties with Riyadh.

The president referred to the angry protesters attack on Saudi Embassy in Tehran after execution of Sheikh Nimer and said, 'I was the first one who condemned the attack on the embassy hours after the event.'

Those who have been involved in the embassy attack have been arrested and will be trialed in Iran's judiciary system, he underlined.

Rouhani referred to Saudi dynasty plans for Iraq, Syria and Lebanon and the country's attack on Yemen, adding that Saudi Arabia is manipulating the issue of attack on its embassy in Tehran to cover defeats in other areas.

Iran do not want continuation of tensions with Saudi Arabia because it can result in a more complicated difficult situation, he said.

The Iranian President, heading a high-ranking delegation, arrived in Rome, Italy, on Monday to hold talks with top Italian officials on various international and bilateral issues.

President Rouhani also met with Pope Francis in the Vatican City on Tuesday.

Rouhani left Italy for an official visit to France on Wednesday morning local time as the last leg of his tour of Europe.