´Egyptians thwart Iranian plot to kill Saudi envoy´ (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST COM STAFF 05/02/12)
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Egyptian security forces thwarted an Iranian plot to assassinate
Saudi Arabia´s ambassador to Cairo several months ago, AFP reported
on Tuesday quoting a Saudi official.
According to the report, the legal adviser of the kingdom´s embassy,
Sami Jamal, told Al-Hayat that Egypt had "arrested three Iranians
planning to assassinate the ambassador, Ahmed Kattan."
Jamal added that "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."
The report came after Riyadh recalled its ambassador from Cairo over
the weekend. Kattan was recalled for consultations following protests
outside the Saudi embassy in Cairo. Protesters were demonstrating
against the arrest of an Egyptian lawyer in the kingdom. Egyptian
activists said he had been detained for speaking out against ill-
treatment of Egyptians in the kingdom. The Saudi authorities said he
had been smuggling drugs.
Jamal told Saudi daily Al Sharq on Tuesday that "everybody was
concerned that foreign parties would exploit demonstrations by some
outside the embassy to attack members of the mission," according to
Iran denied the allegations of a plot against Kattan as "absolutely
"Manufacturing such issues can only help divisions among Muslim
countries and benefit the Zionist regime," AFP quoted Iranian Foreign
Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast as saying.
In October, US authorities claimed to have broken up a plot by two
men linked to the Iranian government to assassinate the Saudi
ambassador in the United States. Iran staunchly denied the
Reuters contributed to this report. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post
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