Iran criticize Afghan government for attack on consulate
By Sayed Jawad - 16 Dec 2012, 4:01 pm
Iran’s Consul General to Herat Rahim Mohammadi Yekta 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.
He criticized 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. The crowd reportedly threw rocks and broke the mission’s windows before security forces drove them back.
The Afghan demonstrators were protesting the alleged killing of Afghan emigrants at nearby border crossings in recent months. Iran denies the killings.
The Afghan Interior Ministry said in November that Iranian police had killed 13 Afghan migrants after crossing the border in Herat, adding to 10 killed in August.
The Iranian official denied this, calling the accusation “baseless”.