|Iran summons Afghan ambassador over attack on consulate||
TEHRAN – Iran has summoned the Afghan ambassador to Tehran for explanation on the recent attack on the Iranian consulate in Herat, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Sunday.
A group of people attacked Iran’s consulate in the western Afghan city of Herat on Saturday and caused serious damages to the building.
At least one person was killed in clashes between the police and protesters and several others were injured.
Police spokesman Abdul Raouf Ahmadi said certain people, who had applied for Iranian visa, held a demonstration outside the consulate in protest at what they called a slow procedure of visa issuance.
Afkham condemned the attack as “unacceptable” and called for calm.
She said that the Afghan police and local security officials should have been present at the scene promptly to prevent the illegal gathering and damage to the building.
“While the Iranian staff and diplomats in Afghanistan are making efforts to facilitate the legal travel of Afghan citizens to Iran, it goes without saying that such incidents would have negative consequences,” she noted.
She also urged the Afghan officials to take necessary measures to prevent such accidents recur in the future.
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