June 24, 2021

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Iran protests to Iraq over attack on its consulate in Karbala

The file photo shows a view of the Iranian Foreign Ministry building in Tehran.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry has invited the Iraqi ambassador to Tehran to protest a weekend assault against its consulate in Iraq’s holy city of Karbala.

In a meeting with the Iraqi ambassador on Monday, the director general for protocol at Iran’s Foreign Ministry condemned the move by some “rioters” in attacking the Islamic Republic’s mission in Karbala.

The Iranian official called on the Iraqi government to adopt strategies and security preparations to protect Iran’s diplomatic sites in the country based on the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

The Iraqi envoy, for his part, said his country’s government is committed to providing security for diplomatic missions.

On Sunday night, attackers attempted to set fire to the Iranian consulate, as they gathered outside the consulate burning tires and several trailers parked outside, according to police and videos circulating online.

Speaking at a weekly press conference on Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh strongly condemned the assault, urging Baghdad to meet its commitments with regard to protecting Iran’s diplomatic missions in the Arab country.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran strongly condemns the attack on its diplomatic missions in Iraq and, within the framework of the 1961 Convention, hopes that the Iraqi government will fulfill its obligations to protect and safeguard Iran’s diplomatic missions,” he added.

An Iraqi police chief has said that the security situation in Karbala is stable after riots erupted in the holy city on Sunday, adding that the situation is under “full control.”

The security situation in Karbala “is good and under full control,” Karbala Police chief Ahmed Zweni said late Sunday.

Original News : https://presstv.com/Detail/2021/05/10/652347/Iran-Foreign-Ministry-Iraq-Ambassador-Karbala-consulate-

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