Iran demands damages for attack on consulate in Afghan city

Iran demands damages for attack on consulate in Afghan city

Iran has called on the Afghan government to pay for damages resulting from an attack on its consular office in the western Afghan city of Herat and to guarantee its full security, Press TV reported.

Iran's Consul General to Herat Rahim Mohammadi Yekta censured the failure of Herat officials to fulfill their legal duties in protecting the consulate building and told reporters that his colleagues need "psychological security" to carry out their work.

"We demand both compensation of damages and the full security of the mission," he said.

The Iranian diplomat emphasized that the host country is responsible for providing the security of a consulate building and paying for necessary damages in case of need.

Iran on December 11 temporarily closed its consular office in Herat after the mission's compound was attacked by a group of people.

An unnamed informed source in Iran's Foreign Ministry said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has sent an official letter of protest to Afghanistan's embassy in Tehran regarding the recent incident outside our country's consulate in Herat."

The source also dismissed the baseless allegations that Iran has killed Afghan nationals along its border with Afghanistan.

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