EU deplores death of Azeri Embassy security chief in Iran

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell – -/European Council/dpa

EU Foreign Affairs Spokesman Peter Stano on Friday expressed condolences over the death of the head of security at the Azerbaijani Embassy in Iran during an attack by a gunman on the Azeri legation in the capital Tehran.

«The European Union expresses its condolences to the Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan and the Azeri people for the attack on their Embassy in Iran. Attacks on diplomatic missions are unacceptable,» it said on its official Twitter profile, adding that they expect an investigation to determine responsibility for the attack.

The incident took place at around 8.00 a.m. (local time) when the attacker arrived at the checkpoint with a Kalashnikov assault rifle and shot the head of the security service, who died on the spot, also wounding two other guards who tried to prevent the attack.

Following the attack, Iranian Foreign Minister Hosein Amirabdolahian held a conversation with his Azerbaijani counterpart, Jeyhun Bayramov, in which he stressed that this event should not be allowed to have a negative impact on the relationship between the two countries, Mehr News Agency reported.

The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry has summoned the Iranian ambassador, Seyed Abbas Mousavi, to Baku to seek explanations for what happened. «At the meeting it was emphasized that (…) such attacks on diplomatic missions were unacceptable,» it has stressed in a statement earlier.

For his part, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi ordered on Friday a thorough investigation into the armed attack, according to the Vice President for Political Affairs, Mohamad Jamshid, IRNA news agency reported.