Iraq suspends operations at consulate in NE Iran

BAGHDAD, Iraq’s foreign ministry announced Tuesday suspension of operations at its consulate-general in Mashhad, Iran.

Iraqi foreign minister Mohamed Al-Hakim has ordered to suspend all operations at the consulate-general in the northeastern Iranian city due to recent assaults on two Iraqi diplomats, the ministry said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Iraqi Parliament’s foreign affairs committee said the two diplomats were physically assaulted and forcibly incarcerated by Iranian security forces.

The Iraqi diplomats were appointed to facilitate entry visas for Iranian visitors to religious shrines in Iraq, the committee said in a statement.

The parliamentary committee demanded Iranian official authorities to investigate reasons behind the assault, pledge not to repeat such an action in the future, and provide a detailed report, via the Iranian embassy in Baghdad, on the incident.

Source: Kuwait News Agency