Iran says embassy attack should not affect Azerbaijan relations | Politics News

Iran and Azerbaijan disagree on whether Friday’s attack on the Azeri embassy in Tehran constitutes an ‘act of terrorism’.

Tehran, Iran – Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has told his Azerbaijani counterpart that bilateral relations should not be affected after the attack on Baku’s embassy in Tehran that left one person dead.

The attack took place on Friday when a man attack the embassy with an assault rifle and opened fire, killing the security guard leader and wounding two other security guards.

Raisi and President Ilham Aliyev had a phone call on Saturday to discuss the matter, in which the Iranian president expressed condolences and said an investigation was underway.

“The governments of Iran and Azerbaijan will not let bilateral relations be affected by the offers of those who want to harm the two countries,” Raisi is quoted as saying on its official website.

The Iranian president’s website also quoted Aliyev as saying that “this is an unwanted crime, but cooperation between the two countries on this issue must be in such a way that no one can find a chance to break the friendly relations.” bilateral agreements using such incidents as an excuse”.

However, the content of the call of the president of Azerbaijan did not mention this, and emphasized one more point related to the attack that has divided Tehran and Baku.

Aliyev strongly condemned the “act of terrorism” and stressed that without a second guard to tackle the gunman, “he would have targeted other embassy employees and family members.” Their family lives in the embassy compound.”

CCTV footage released by Iran shows the attacker rushing to the scene in his car and crashing into another vehicle parked in front of the embassy. After getting out of his car with a rifle in hand, he passed an unarmed Iranian guard sitting in a booth and entered the embassy and opened fire. While shooting at two Azerbaijani guards, the third handled him, eventually disarming the attacker.

Aliyev immediately condemned the incident as an “act of terrorism” while the Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan summoned Iran’s special envoy to Baku and said it would evacuate its diplomatic staff.

Meanwhile, top officials in Tehran have repeatedly insisted the attack did not constitute an act of “terrorism” because it was carried out with personal motives.

[Translation: I was at the hospital and learned about the treatment process of the Azerbaijan Republic embassy staff. Also, in a phone call with my colleague (Azerbaijani foreign minister Jeyhun Baryamov), I conveyed Dr Raisi’s message of condolences. The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to cooperate to clarify the dimensions of the incident. I offer my condolences to the government and nation of our brother and neighbour for this tragic incident.]

The attacker, a man identified as Yasin Hosseinzadeh, was interviewed by Iranian state television and said he stormed into the embassy to “rescue” his wife, who he said had disappeared. after entering the embassy nearly a year earlier.

Iranian state television also interviewed the man’s two young children, who he had brought to the embassy and were in the car at the time of the attack, with the daughter saying that the mother she has returned to Baku – her hometown – but her father believes she is at the embassy.

Many countries, including Russia, Turkey and the US, condemned the attack and called for a transparent investigation.

The attack happened in the middle of stressful month between neighboring Iran and Azerbaijan, with Azerbaijan being a close ally of Turkey, Iran’s historical rival.

Iran, home to millions of ethnic Azeri, has long accused Baku of instigating separatist sentiment in the country and also has problems with some of its plans after the Nagorno-Karabakh war. may affect its border with Armenia.

Tehran has also many times warning Baku opposes expanding military cooperation with Israel, saying that Israel is likely to use the territory of Azerbaijan as a bridgehead against Iran.

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