Iranian FM: Accusations of Saudi envoy assassination baseless
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 23 /Trend, S.Isayev, T.Jafarov/
Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned the Swiss ambassador to Tehran due to an alleged Iran-backed plot to kill the Saudi envoy to Washington, Mehr News Agency reported.
The ministry called these charges baseless.
During a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives' Homeland Security on Oct.26, a number of the U.S. officials urged the White House to launch covert operations against Iran or even "kill" some of Iranian authorities over an alleged Iran-backed plot to kill the Saudi envoy to Washington.
On Oct.11, the U.S. Justice Department accused Iran of plotting to assassinate Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to Washington, Adel al-Jubeir, with assistance of a man suspected of being a member of a Mexican drug cartel.
Tehran has categorically denied the allegations and stressed that the media hype fabricated by Washington is an attempt to deflect attention from the anti-corruption and anti-corporatism protests currently ongoing in the United States.
Since the United States does not have an embassy in Iran, the ambassadorial functions in this country are handled by the Swiss ambassador.