Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said diplomatic ties between Tehran and Azerbaijan would not be undermined following the attack on Friday’s Baku embassy in the Iranian capital, embassy security guards said. was killed and two guards were injured.
Raisi was said to have made the remark during a telephone conversation with his Azerbaijani counterpart, Ilham Aliyev, and expressed condolences after the attack. I will not allow my relationship to be affected,” he said.
Describing the incident as an “unexpected crime” and a “bloody terrorist attack,” Aliyev said, “Cooperation between the two countries on this issue will not allow us to use such an incident to confuse the two countries.” It has to be something that no one is allowed to do,” he added. Friendly relations. ”
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According to a statement issued by the Azerbaijan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “Recent anti-Azerbaijan campaigns against our country in Iran have facilitated such attacks against our diplomatic missions.”
Iranian police and security forces later arrested the attacker, who opened fire with a Kalashnikov rifle. Tehran’s police chief Hossein Rahimi confirmed the arrest and said preliminary investigations hinted at “personal and family-related issues” as motives.According to Iranian information Mizan The shooter’s wife went missing after visiting the embassy in April and believed she was still there at the time of the attack, according to media outlets.
Relations between Baku and Tehran have been strained since Azerbaijan’s victory in the 2020 war with Iran’s close ally Armenia. Tensions are rising in Azerbaijan, which has strong ties to Turkiye and Israel, has been accused by the Iranian government of colluding with a hostile country and interfering in its internal affairs.