Iran 'plot' to kill Saudi envoy foiled

2012-05-01 16:13

Riyadh - Egyptian security services foiled an Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Cairo, the legal advisor of the kingdom's embassy said in local dailies on Tuesday.

Egypt "arrested three Iranians planning to assassinate the ambassador, Ahmed Qattan," Al-Hayat quoted Sami Jamal as saying.

"Egyptian authorities informed concerned parties at the Saudi foreign ministry of the details of the plot, but the Saudi side opted to keep silent on the matter," Jamal said. The arrests were made three months ago.

"Everybody was concerned that foreign parties would exploit demonstrations by some [Egyptians] outside the embassy [in Cairo] to attack members of the mission," Al-Sharq daily quoted him as saying.

Riyadh on Saturday recalled its ambassador from Cairo after angry protests outside the Saudi embassy in Cairo over the arrest of an Egyptian human rights lawyer in the Gulf kingdom.

Saudi state news agency SPA said the Cairo embassy, as well as the kingdom's consulates in the Mediterranean cities of Alexandria and Suez, were closed.

In October, the United States accused Iran of plotting to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington. Iran has fiercely denied any involvement in the alleged plot.

  • Fidel - 2012-05-01 18:03

    Here we go again with this nonsense. What happened to the so called Iranian terrorists who blew themselves up in India and Indonesia last year. A few years ago all of this would have been blamed on Al Qaede, but the war narrative is moving towards Iran now.

      Fred - 2012-05-01 19:20

      "The war narrative" wouldn't be moving to the Iranian regime, distinct from the Iranian people, if this regime wasn't intent on developing nuclear weapons. It is bringing "the narrative" upon itself.

      Koos - 2012-05-02 01:56

      One of my co-workers is a Iranian. He is highly qualified, his brother is also highly qualified and is working in US. The Iranian people are tired of fighting against the tolla in charge. The one's that can leave rather do so. Find a better life somewhere else.

      Fidel - 2012-05-02 04:00

      @Fred Your own, Israeli security chief was quoted on this news site saying that you and the Israelis were being misled by your leaders, including the American intl establishment who don't believe that the Iranians are developing nuclear weapons.

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