|Iran strongly condemns assassination of its diplomat in Yemen||
TEHRAN – The Iranian Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned the assassination of an Iranian diplomat in Yemen, calling it an “inhumane” and “terrorist” act.
“Clearly, such terrorist and violent acts will increase the hatred of all nations and Muslim countries, particularly the Muslim people of Yemen and Iran, from the sinister phenomenon of terrorism, violence, and extremism as well as extremists,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
Iranian diplomat Abolqasem Asadi was killed in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Saturday when he resisted gunmen who were trying to kidnap him near the ambassador’s residence.
The diplomat who was seriously injured succumbed to his wounds at hospital.
The Foreign Ministry added that it “would employ all its political and legal capacity to seriously pursue the issue and cooperate with the Yemeni officials to immediately prosecute the perpetrators of the inhumane act and put them on trial.”
In order to investigate the incident, an Iranian Foreign Ministry delegation was scheduled to be dispatched to Sanaa on Sunday, IRNA quoted Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian as saying.
In a message on his Facebook page on Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif offered condolences to the family of the assassinated diplomat and said Iran will present authentic documents to international bodies on the dangerous role of Takfiri elements in crimes committed in Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria and other countries.
Also, the Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned the Yemeni chargé d'affaires to strongly protest at the terrorist incident.
The Yemeni diplomat was reminded that under international rules and regulations, host governments are responsible to ensure the security of foreign diplomats.
In a telephone conversation with Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi, Zarif said such terrorist acts will not affect Tehran’s will to increase ties with Yemen.
Qirbi, for his part, said the Yemeni government would welcome an Iranian delegation to Sanaa and it is ready to cooperate with Iran to investigate the matter.
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