Middle East

Iran's president urges transparency in Saudi embassy trial

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has called for "transparency" in the upcoming trial of 48 suspects who stormed Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran in January.

Rouhani said on Tuesday that Iranian people are looking to see how the country's judiciary will handle the case of those who ransacked the missions.

Rouhani also reiterated his earlier remarks that the attack went against Iranian laws. The trial is due next week.

The comments clearly seek to draw attention to the case and could reflect Rouhani's attempts for rapprochement with the Sunni kingdom.

Angry Iranians attacked the Saudi missions after Riyadh executed a prominent Saudi Shiite cleric, prompting the kingdom to sever diplomatic ties with the Shiite Iran.

Relations between the two regional powers have since been frayed.