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On 24th anniversary of Mazar-i-Sharif terrorist attack, Iran calls for trial of those behind deadly attack

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Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has called on the Taliban government in Afghanistan to bring to justice those behind the 1998 deadly terrorist attack against the Islamic Republic’s consulate in the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

Amir-Abdollahian made the call in a post on his Instagram account on Thursday, following the 24th martyrdom anniversary of eight Iranian diplomats and a journalist who lost their lives in the attack in Mazar-i-Sharif.

Amir-Abdollahian said August 8, the day on which the terrorist act took place, was named 'Journalists Day' and that the incident is of special significance because “if it were not for the round-the-clock efforts of journalists to reflect the realities, the activities of the diplomats and politicians would be in vain.”

“It is journalists that neutralize the enemy's plots and psychological warfare both in the international and domestic arenas, and are the flag bearers of explaining the facts,” the top Iranian diplomat stressed. “While sympathizing with the honorable families of the martyrs of Mazar-i-Sharif, I congratulate the dear journalists on this day.”

The Iranian foreign minister also assured the families of the martyrs of the 1998 terrorist attack that it is the responsibility of the country's diplomacy to follow up on the various aspects of the tragic incident.

Amir-Abdollahian quoted Taliban-appointed foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi as saying in an earlier meeting, “We condemn this crime and have no relation with it.”

The Iranian foreign minister said that he had, however, insisted on the trial of the culprits involved in the crime.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry paid tribute to the diplomats and the journalist who were killed in Afghanistan back in 1998 and reiterated its condemnation of the “unforgettable crime.”

The ministry also demanded measures by Kabul to clarify the circumstances that led to the incident.

The nine Iranian citizens were killed after militants, allegedly affiliated with the Taliban, entered the city of Mazar-i-Sharif in an incident that sparked worldwide condemnations.


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