The Iraqi foreign Ministry has suspended the operation of its Consulate in the Iranian city of Mashhad after the incident with the beating of its staff, said Tuesday the official representative of the Ministry Ahmad al-Sahaf.
“The Minister for foreign Affairs of Iraq Mohammed Ali al-Hakim gave the instructions for suspending operation of the Consulate of Iraq in the city of Mashhad due to attacks on two Iraqi diplomats,” cited al-Sahaf in the statement of the press service of the Ministry.
The authority did not provide details of the incident, but according to reports in Iraqi media, it occurred on September 28.
According to the Agency Shafaq, Iranian security “tracked” two employees of the Ministry of foreign Affairs sent to the Consulate in Mashhad with the aim to make a religious pilgrimage, and then “beat them up and detained”. Some Iraqi media reported that diplomats insulted.
The head of the foreign relations Committee of the Iraqi Parliament Shirko Mohammed told the news Agency Shafaq, that the Iranian authorities should officially apologize for the attack on diplomats.