Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Middle East: Iran refutes Saudi accusation about spying

Source: IRNA

Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein-Amir Abdollahian on Monday criticized Saudi government for fabricating unsubstantiated accusations against the Islamic Republic of Iran citing the spying charges.

ˈLeveling unsubstantiated charges and raising hue and cries might be useful for Saudi Arabia domestically, but will not serve bilateral relations.ˈ

Amir-Abdollahian said after recent visit of Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi to Jeddah to attend the meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and his meeting and the detailed discussions with senior Saudi officials, Iran expected the Saudi foreign minister to exercise self-restraint and stop literature of threat.

ˈThe claims made by Saudi security sector every few months would not serve bilateral relations; Neither it would be wise to claim that the arrested members of the espionage network worked for Iran without setting forth any evidence.ˈ

ˈWe advise our Saudi friends that both countries can get maximum benefit from the existing wide capacities in favor of people of the two countries and the region. Each time Saudi officials made a claim, we asked for an evidence. The last time it was about two months ago when they said they had arrested a number of agents – 16 foreign nationals, including an Iranian – working for the Islamic Republic of Iran. Despite constant efforts to get an evidence and meet the Iranian national, the Saudi officials have given no response.ˈ