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Iran summons Afghan envoy over attack on diplomatic missions

TEHRAN (AP) – Iran yesterday summoned Afghanistan’s envoy in Tehran over attacks the previous day on Iranian diplomatic missions in the neighbouring country, state media in Iran reported.

According to the reports, Iran’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Afghan chargé d’affaires in protest over Monday’s attacks on the Iranian Embassy in Kabul and the Iranian Consulate in Herat, where protests had turned aggressive. In Herat, angry Afghan protesters pelted the consulate with rocks.

The ministry demanded that Afghanistan’s new Taleban rulers provide the missions with full security and said they stopped working until further notice. On Monday, ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said more needed to be done by the Taleban to ensure security to Iranian missions.

An Associated Press video showed the protesters setting the consulate’s gates on fire as police were trying to disperse them. The video also showed protesters gathering at the Iranian Embassy in Kabul.

Afghans chant slogans against Iran during a demonstration in Massoud Square, Kabul. PHOTO: AP