Thursday, March 28, 2013

Iran Summons Saudi Envoy over Riyadh's Espionage Allegations

 
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned the Saudi charge d'affaires in Tehran to voice its strong protest at Riyadh's claims about Iran's involvement in alleged spying activities in Saudi Arabia.


In a statement on March 19, Saudi Interior Ministry said that the country's authorities "have arrested 18 people, including an Iranian and a Lebanese, on charges of espionage for a foreign country".

The Saudi charge d'affaires was summoned to the Iranian Foreign Ministry here in Tehran on Wednesday due to absence of the Arab country's ambassador to Tehran.

Last week, the Iranian Foreign Ministry categorically denied Riyadh's claims about Iran's involvement in alleged spying activities in Saudi Arabia.

In a statement, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast rejected Saudi Arabia's claims about the presence of an Iranian national in an alleged spy network in the country.

The Iranian spokesman dismissed the allegation as a "baseless and repetitive scenario."

"Raising such baseless issues at the media levels is merely for domestic consumption," Mehman-Parast said.

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