Tehran asks Kabul for damage compensation
Added Date: 12/16/2012 10:27:43 AM
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Iran on Saturday asked the Afghan government for compensating the damage to its consulate following a violent protest in western Herat province.

Addressing a news conference in Herat City, Iranian Consul-General Rahim Mohammadi Yakta said they were still assessing the extent of the damages.

On December 9, dozens of protestors took to the streets in Herat City, hurling stones at the consulate to protest against the killing of Afghan citizens by Iranian border guards.

The consul-general said all employees of the diplomatic mission were shocked by the attack. He added they were yet to receive any response to the protest lodged with Afghan officials.

Yakta denied that Iranian border police in Kehsan and Gulran districts had killed more than a dozen Afghan youth, rejecting the allegation as a plot against its country.

Two months ago, he said, they had asked Afghan officials to provide evidence and had offered visas to the victims’ family members to investigate the issue in Iran.

According to the diplomat, the Afghan government is responsible under international law for providing security for all foreign embassies, consulates and other political offices on its soil.

While stressing the need for greater cooperation between the neighbours, he described Iran as friend of Afghanistan and presently home to two million Afghan refugees.


Source: Pajhwok

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