Iran Summons Iraqi Envoy over Consulate Attack
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian foreign ministry summoned the Iraqi ambassador to Tehran to voice protest at the last night attack against Iran’s consulate in Karbala in Southern Iraq.
During the meeting on Monday, the Iranian foreign ministry official condemned the attack, calling for more tightened security measures by the Iraqi authorities to protect the Islamic Republic of Iran’s diplomatic buildings based on the 1963 Vienna Convention.
The Iraqi envoy, for his part, underlined that the Iraqi government “is committed to guarantee the security and safety of foreign diplomatic buildings”.
Earlier today, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh also condemned the recent attack on the country’s consulate in the holy city of Karbala.
"Last night, some individuals attacked the Iranian Consulate General in Karbala. Iranian officials at Consulate and Embassy contacted relevant authorities in Iraq. Security forces dealt with the attackers," Khatibzadeh said in reaction to the Sunday night attack, adding, "The Islamic Republic of Iran strongly condemns the attack on its diplomatic facilities in Iraq and hopes that Iraq will fulfill its duties in this regard."
"Last night, we submitted a protest note to the Iraqi embassy in Iran, and we expect the Iraqi government to perform its duties well," he went on to say.
Some media outlets reported that the wall of the consulate had been damaged and set on fire during the riots.
But Iran’s consul in Karbala Mojtaba Karimi rejected the reports as totally false.
The unrest broke out after gunmen on a motorbike killed Ihab al-Wazni, a leading activist, in front of his home in Karbala early Sunday.