Iran’s embassy in Kabul closed due to attacks on missions

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The Iranian embassy said: “Consular services are not available for security reasons until the end of this week.”

The Iranian Consulate General in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif also issued a statement on Tuesday saying that consular and visa services are closed until further notice due to security concerns.

Earlier, Iran summoned the Afghan ChargĂ© d’Affairs to protest the attacks that targeted its embassy in Kabul and the Consulate General in the heart, which saw stones and other shells thrown at Iranian missions.

During the meeting, the Director-General of South Asian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs demanded the Taliban government to hold the perpetrators accountable, stressing that governments are responsible for protecting diplomatic missions.

The Director General also informed the envoy that all Iranian consular sections in Afghanistan will remain closed until further notice and “will not resume work until the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides the necessary guarantees regarding the security of diplomatic missions.”

The head of intelligence and culture in the Taliban government had described Monday’s gatherings outside the Iranian missions in Kabul and the heart as “arbitrary measures” by unidentified people.

“A number of people acted arbitrarily and organized a protest outside the Iranian consulate and immediately dispersed the demonstrators by the security forces of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban government),” he said in a tweet on Twitter.

“With the move under control so quickly, nothing special happened.”

This comes as crowds attacked the Iranian Consulate General in the heart on Monday and set tires on fire outside the mission before smashing its security cameras. Reports say the attackers only dispersed after Taliban forces and security guards fired shots into the air and Hart’s governor arrived at the scene.

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