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Saudi summons Iran envoy over 'aggressive' Tehran statement

Saudi Shiite women (front) and men (back) take part in a protest in the eastern coastal city of Qatif against the execution of prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi authorities, on January 2, 2016Saudi Arabia summoned Iran’s envoy to protest an “aggressive” statement by Tehran on the Saturday execution of prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, the foreign ministry said. It also held the “Iranian government completely responsible for protecting” the kingdom’s missions in Iran and all their employees from any “aggressive acts”. Nimr al-Nimr, who spent more than a decade studying theology in Iran ,was among a group of 47 Shiites and Sunnis executed Saturday for “terrorism”.

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