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German Envoy to Tehran Summoned over Chancellor’s Interventionist Comments on Iran’s Unrest

The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned Berlin’s ambassador to Tehran in protest at the meddlesome remarks of the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz regarding the recent unrest in Iran.

 

Hans-Udo Muzel was summoned by the director general of the West European affairs of the Iranian Foreign Ministry on Monday to receive Tehran’s strong protest to Berlin regarding the German chancellor’s anti-Iran stance.

 

Condemning the remarks by the German official, the director general of the West European affairs of the Iranian Foreign Ministry conveyed the Tehran’s strong protest to the envoy over Berlin’s “destructive approaches to Iran’s internal developments”.

 

The foreign ministry official held the German side responsible for any consequences arising from the continuation of such “unconstructive” statements and actions on the future of relations between the two countries.

 

“The Islamic Republic of Iran, based on dignity and authority and national interests and expediencies, will monitor the positions and actions of the other parties and will give a proportionate response,” the official noted.

 

Having been handed over Iran’s formal notice of protest, the German ambassador, for his part, stated he would convey Iran’s message to his respective government at the earliest.

Scholz claimed on Saturday that Germany would stand “shoulder to shoulder” with the Iranian people in their protests across the country, accusing the Iranian government of being “solely responsible for this spate of violence”.

 

Warning that additional sanctions will be placed on Iran for the proclaimed “repression of protests”, the German chancellor stated the EU’s foreign ministers are due to meet on Monday to agree on the anti-Tehran restrictive measures.

Earlier, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock voiced support for the recent demonstrations in Iran, noting the EU would seek to adopt new sanctions against Tehran.

 

Protests erupted in several cities across Iran over the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman who fainted at a police station in mid-September and days later was pronounced dead at a hospital. The demonstrations soon turned violent.

 

An official report by Iran’s Legal Medicine Organization announced that Amini’s controversial death was caused by an illness rather than alleged blows to the head or other vital body organs.

Iranian officials blame Western countries for orchestrating the riots to destabilize the country.

 

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei severely censured the deadly riots, saying they were orchestrated in advance by the United States and the Israeli regime.

“I state it clearly that these developments were planned by America, the Zionist regime and their acolytes. Their main problem is with a strong and independent Iran and the country’s progress. The Iranian nation proved to be fairly strong during recent events and will bravely come onto the scene wherever necessary in the future,” he added.

 

Iranian officials have blamed the United States, the European Unions, and several Western states for meddling in Iran’s internal affairs over the death of Mahsa. They advised the US and its allies against “opportunism and instrumentalization of the issue of human rights” by misusing the incident.

 

Tehran reminded that the countries, which, themselves, towed a “long history of warmongering and violence” throughout the world, lacked the legitimacy that could authorize them to “moralize others” concerning the human rights.

 

SOURCE: FNA

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