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Iraqi Government Pledges to Protect Diplomatic Missions

Iraqi Government Pledges to Protect Diplomatic Missions

Friday, 14 May, 2021 - 06:00
Demonstrators set fire to trash in front of the Iranian consulate, as they gather during anti-government protests in Karbala, Iraq November 3, 2019. (Reuters)

The Iraqi government on Thursday pledged to protect diplomatic missions, a few days after an attack on Iran’s consulate in the southern city of Karbala.

The government said it rejects and condemns any act that would destabilize diplomatic missions in Iraq.

Last Sunday, Iraqi protestors gathered outside the Iranian consulate in Karbala, burning tires, according to local media reports.

Protesters accused Iranian-linked militias of standing behind the assassination of Iraqi activist Ihab Jawad Al-Wazni, who was killed by assailants outside his home in Karbala.

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry said: "The Iraqi government renews its commitment to the security and safety of diplomatic missions operating in Iraq, and to adopt all means to facilitate their work, in accordance with what is stipulated in international agreements."

This is not the first time that protesters attack the Iranian consulate in Karbala. In 2019, dozens of Iraqi protesters attacked the consulate amid nationwide anti-government protests.

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