Iran summons German ambassador over ‘irresponsible’ remarks in support of riots
The Iranian Foreign Ministry has summoned the German ambassador to Tehran over “interventionist and irresponsible” comments by the European country’s head of state in support of the recent Western-instigated riots in Iran.
Hans-Udo Muzel was summoned by the director general of the West European affairs of the Iranian Foreign Ministry on Monday to receive the Islamic Republic's strong protest to Berlin regarding German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’ latest anti-Iran and pro-riots stance.
Scholz criticized the Iranian government on Saturday for what he claimed was “brutal crackdown” on protests after the September death of a young Iranian woman of Kurdish descent in the capital Tehran.
The German chancellor also claimed that Berlin would stand “shoulder to shoulder" with the Iranian people in their protests and riots across the country, accusing the Iranian government of being "solely responsible for this spate of violence."
Condemning the remarks by the German official, the director general of the West European affairs of the Iranian Foreign Ministry conveyed the Islamic Republic’s strong protest to the envoy over Germany's "destructive approaches to Iran's internal developments."
The Foreign Ministry official held the German side responsible for any consequences arising from the continuation of such "unconstructive" statements and actions on the future of relations between the two countries.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran, based on dignity and authority and national interests and expediencies, will monitor the positions and actions of the other parties and will give a proportionate response,” the official noted.
Having been handed over Iran’s formal notice of protest, the German ambassador, for his part, said he would convey Iran’s message to his respective government at the earliest.
Nasser Kan'ani, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman, lambasted on Sunday the German chancellor’s recent stance against the Islamic Republic and his comments in support of the riots in Iran as “meddlesome, provocative and undiplomatic."
Riots broke out in Iran in mid-September after the death of Mahsa Amini. The 22-year-old fainted at a police station in Tehran and was pronounced dead three days later in hospital. An official report by Iran’s Legal Medicine Organization concluded that Amini’s death was caused by illness rather than alleged blows to the head or other vital body organs.
Rioters went on a rampage, brutally attacking security officers and causing massive damage to public property as Western powers, especially the United States, provided support.
The European Union and some Western countries have imposed sanctions on Iran over its approach toward the recent riots. Iran, in turn, announced tit-for-tat sanctions against institutions and individuals in the European Union due to their deliberate actions in support of terrorism and terrorist groups.
Earlier in the month, Iran’s Intelligence Ministry said the United States and the United Kingdom were “directly” involved in the unrest, adding that dozens of terrorists affiliated with the Israeli regime and anti-revolution groups have also been detained in the unrest.