Iran warns Azerbaijan against emotional decisions over embassy attack
Iran’s Parliament Speaker has warned the Republic of Azerbaijan against making any emotional decisions following a recent attack on the country’s embassy in Tehran.
Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf made the remark on Monday while addressing the 17th Conference of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (PUIC) in Algiers, the capital city of Algeria.
Saying that Iran is deeply sorry for the attack on the Azerbaijani embassy in Tehran, Ghalibaf stated that the country is pursuing the incident accurately and comprehensively.
The Parliament Speaker said there was no proof the attack was related to terrorism, adding that the policy of the US and Israel is to harm Tehran-Baku ties.
Any decision that can have long-term consequences should be made carefully, Ghalibaf emphasized.
Azerbaijan’s embassy in Tehran has suspended its work, the country's Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov said on Sunday.
On Friday, an assailant entered Azerbaijan's embassy in Tehran holding a firearm and started shooting. The head of the security service of the embassy was killed and two embassy guards were wounded in the attack.
Soon afterwards, Tehran's then police chief Brigadier General Hossein Rahimi said the gunman had been arrested.
In a phone conversation with his Azerbaijani counterpart, Jeyhun Bayramov, on Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian condemned the armed attack, saying the enemies should not be allowed to take advantage of the incident, which he said was not an act of terrorism.
“We should not allow this incident to have any adverse consequence for ties between the two countries,” Amir-Abdollahian said.
"We deeply regret this incident and are conducting a painstaking and thorough follow-up [investigation] on it," Iran’s top parliamentarian told the PUIC Conference, echoing other Iranian officials' earlier remarks. He added that Azeri officials are abreast of the full details of the investigation.
“I deem it necessary to emphasize that [making] emotional decisions on the two countries’ relations is what the common and ill-wishing enemies of the Islamic world, especially the Zionist regime, want. It is necessary to be vigilant and careful about any decision that could have long-term consequences [for bilateral relations],” Qalibaf said.
Iran’s parliament speaker reaffirmed that so far, there is no indication to show that the incident has been a terrorist attack.