Iran summons Afghan envoy for attack on diplomatic missions
Iran has summoned Afghanistan’s envoy to Tehran over the previous day’s attacks on Iranian diplomatic missions in the neighboring country
TEHRAN, Iran – Iran on Tuesday summoned Afghanistan’s envoy to Tehran over the previous day’s attacks on Iranian diplomatic missions in the neighboring country, Iranian state media reported.
According to reports, Iran’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Afghan charge d’affaires to protest Monday’s attacks on the Iranian embassy in Kabul and the Iranian consulate in Herat, where protests had turned aggressive. In Herat, angry Afghan protesters pelted the consulate with rocks.
The ministry demanded that Afghanistan’s new Taliban leadership provide full mission security and said they had ceased work until further notice. On Monday, ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said the Taliban needed to do more to provide security for Iranian missions.
Later Tuesday, Iran said the missions had reopened.
Associated Press video showed protesters setting fire to the doors of the consulate and chanting “Death to Iran!” as the police tried to disperse them by shooting in the air. The video also showed protesters gathering at the Iranian embassy in Kabul.
Iran hosts millions of Afghan refugees. Last week, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said the number of Afghans in Iran had risen to 5 million from nearly 4 million before the Taliban took power last August.