Publishe Date: 2:41 PM - 1/22/2014 | Print

Deputy FM Warns Yemen to Take Action against Attacks on Iranian Diplomats

Politics - Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian voiced concern over the security conditions in Yemen, and cautioned that Tehran will take action if Sanaa officials fail to protect the lives of the Iranian diplomats in that country.

“We expect the Yemeni government to act more responsibly in protecting the security of the diplomats in Yemen and act more responsibly in respecting the recognized international conventions otherwise the Islamic Republic will take more proper decisions,” Amir Abdollahian said in Tehran on the sidelines of the funeral ceremony of Iran's diplomat Abolqassem Assadi who was assassinated in Sana’a on Saturday.

He described the regional situation as “sensitive”, and warned that the terrorist and Takfiri groups are attempting to create more insecurity in the region by launching attacks on diplomatic targets.

On Saturday, Assadi was gunned down by unknown gunmen outside his home in the Yemeni capital on Saturday.

A few hours later, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham announced that the Iranian diplomat had succumbed to his injuries.

Afkham expressed deep regret over the death of the Iranian diplomat, and explained, “A terrorist group attacked an Iranian embassy’s diplomat in a Sana’a street and tried to kidnap him, but due to the resistance shown by the diplomat they have started shooting at him.”

Afkham strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the Iranian diplomat, and said, “Iran is seriously following up the terrorist attack with the concerned Yemeni officials.”

Also, in July 2013, unknown assailants abducted the Iranian embassy staff member, Nikbakht, in Safr street in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a.

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