Riyadh | Saudi Arabia says that by condemning the execution of an opposition Shiite cleric, Iran has revealed its true face represented in support for terrorism. A Foreign Ministry statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency accuses Tehran of blind sectarianism and says that by its defense of terrorist acts Iran is a partner in their crimes in the entire region.
Shiite-majority Iran expressed outrage over the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who was put to death along with 46 others convicted of terrorism charges, including three other Shiite dissidents and a number of al-Qaida militants. Al-Nimr was a central figure in protests by Saudi Arabia’s Shiite minority until his arrest in 2012. He was critical of the Saudi government and but denied ever advocating violence.
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