OSLO, June 13 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad
Javad Zarif on Tuesday said Saudi Arabia was supporting
militants inside Iran, days after hardline Sunni group Islamic
State claimed attacks in Tehran.
Relations between the two neighbours are at their most tense
in years. Last week Riyadh, along with other Arab governments,
severed ties with Qatar, citing its support of Iran as one of
the main reasons for the move.
Two days later, the suicide bombings and shootings in Tehran
killed 17 people. Iran repeated accusations that Saudi Arabia
funds Islamic militants including Islamic State. Riyadh has
denied involvement in the attacks.
"We have intelligence that Saudi Arabia is actively engaged
in promoting terrorist groups on the eastern side of Iran, in
Baluchistan," Zarif told a news conference held on the sidelines
of a conference on peace mediation in Oslo.
Baluchistan province is home to a Sunni population who form
a minority in majority Shi'ite Iran.
Iran and Saudi Arabia accuse each other of subverting
regional security and support opposite sides in conflicts
including those in Syria, Yemen and Iraq.
"On the Western side, the same type of activity is being
undertaken, again abusing the diplomatic hospitality of our
other neighbour," he said, without elaborating.
Iran also accuses the United States for Islamist militancy
in the region.
(Reporting by Gwladys Fouche; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)