Khatibzadeh: All missions in Iran and Afghanistan are open

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Khatibzadeh’s remarks came in response to journalists’ questions about the activities of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Kabul and the consulates of its generals in other Afghan cities.

But the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman stressed that Iran expects the rulers of Afghanistan to provide security responsibly for Iranian diplomats and diplomatic missions in Afghanistan and protect them.

Earlier reports had said that Iran had closed its embassy in Kabul.

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.

Iran had earlier summoned the Afghan charge d’affaires to protest the attacks on its embassy in Kabul and the Consulate General in the heart, which saw crowds throwing stones and other projectiles 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 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.”

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