FM demands Taliban explanation for attacks on Iranian diplomatic sites

Hossein Amirabdollahian had separate phone conversations with Iran’s Ambassador to Kabul Bahador Amininan and the Consul in Herat on Tuesday, a day after videos of the attacks on the two diplomatic missions were posted online.

The attackers, who were described in the media as extremist elements, only managed to damage the mission’s surveillance cameras by throwing stones at them.

Iran’s foreign minister has criticized Afghan leaders for failing to make the necessary arrangements to ensure the security of diplomatic missions, which is the responsibility of the host country.

He warned against plots pursued by enemies to sow discord between the two countries, Press TV reported.

Earlier on Tuesday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Afghan charge d’affaires to vigorously protest the attacks. Tehran also called for the opening of legal proceedings against the perpetrators of the attacks.

In recent weeks, unverified videos purporting to show Afghan refugees being mistreated in Iran have been posted on social media, angering many Afghans. On Monday, crowds of Afghans gathered outside Iran’s embassy in Kabul and its consulate general in Herat, throwing stones at buildings and damaging security cameras.

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