Iran summons Afghan envoy over attacks on diplomatic missions

Baku, April 12, AZERTAC

Iran on Tuesday summoned Afghanistan's chargé d'affaires in Tehran to protest attacks on Iranian diplomatic missions in the cities of Kabul and Herat, according to Anadolu Agency.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry said consular services at diplomatic missions in Afghanistan would cease their operations until full security is assured.

It urged the Afghan authorities to take action against those who attacked its diplomatic missions in the capital Kabul and the western city of Herat.

On Monday, dozens of people assembled outside the Iranian Embassy in central Kabul, hurling stones and smashing security cameras, according to local reports.

The Iranian Consulate in Herat was also targeted on Monday by angry protesters, apparently not happy with the condition of Afghan refugees in Iran.

As per reports, the angry mob tried to barge inside the consulate building but the attempt was thwarted by guards and Afghan security forces, who opened fire in the air.

Khatibzadeh said the influx of Afghan refugees cannot continue keeping in view Iran's limited capacities while urging the Taliban authorities to show responsibility.

Iranian Ambassador in Kabul, Bahador Aminian, has held a series of meetings with senior Afghan officials in recent months, including Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, to discuss the issue of refugees.

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