Iran president claims Saudi Arabia 'cannot hide crime' as tensions grow
Published 05/01/2016 | 10:40
Saudi Arabia "cannot cover its crime" in executing a Shiite cleric by severing ties with the Islamic Republic, Iran's president has said.
President Hassan Rouhani made the comments in a statement posted to his website, referring to the kingdom's execution of leading Shiite cleric and opposition figure Sheikh Nimr-al Nimr.
Mr Rouhani said that the "Saudi government has taken a strange action and cut off its diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran to cover its crimes".
He added that, "undoubtedly, such actions can't cover up that big crime".
The statement said Mr Rouhani made that comment to visiting Danish foreign minister Kristian Jensen.
Saudi Arabia cut ties to Iran after attacks on two of its diplomatic posts in the Islamic Republic following Mr al-Nimr's execution.