A protester holds a placard during a demonstration against the execution of Shi'ite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia, outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy in London, Britain, January 3, 2016.
(photo credit: REUTERS/TOBY MELVILLE)
Iran's judiciary chief slammed Saudi Arabi on Monday for its hostile policies towards Tehran claiming that Saudi policies are serving the interests of the United States and Israel by harming the Muslim world, according to a report by Fars News.
"The illogical and unwise measures by the Saudi rulers have led to nothing but weakening the Muslim world, providing service to the world arrogance and strengthening the terrorist stream," said Sadeq Amoli Larijani in a speech addressing the judiciary officials in Tehran according to the report.
Lorajani continued on to blast the attitudes of the Saudi leadership stating that Saudi officials speak with the illusion that they have control of the affairs of all Islamic countries.
"Unfortunately, the Saudi rulers have turned into a laborer at the service of the Zionists and Americans," he added.
Also Monday, in a meeting with former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani, called on the Saudi leadership to stop creating instability in the region by encouraging hostility toward Iran by other Islamic countries. Saudi Arabia cut ties with Iran
last week in response to the storming of its embassy in Tehran in an escalating row between the rival Middle East powers over Riyadh's execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a vocal critic of the Saudi government.
Iranian demonstrators protesting against the execution of the cleric, broke into the Saudi embassy building, smashed furniture and started fires before being ejected by police.
Tensions between revolutionary, mainly Shi'ite Iran and Saudi Arabia's conservative Sunni monarchy have run high for years as they backed opposing forces in wars and political conflicts across the Middle East, usually along sectarian lines.Reuters contributed to this report.